The October Prizes in Poetry & Fiction


The winner of the first annual October Prize for Fiction is Lara Palmqvist for her story "Beneath New Skies." Lara will receive $400 and publication.

The finalists, whose stories will also be published in Issue 7, are Tessa Yang for her story "Runners" and Evelyn Hampton for her story "Jay."


The winner of the first annual October Prize for Poetry is Caroline Chavatel for her poem "The Given, These Bodies." Caroline will receive $400 and publication.

The finalists, whose poems will also be published in Issue 7, are Jane Medved for her poem "Into and out of all the iridescent cities of war," Renee Long for her poem "Echolocation," and Sarah Ann Winn for her poem "Eighth Ocean Algebra."

Judges: Phillip B. Williams (poetry) and Sara Pritchard (fiction)

  • Phillip B. Williams
  • Sara Pritchard

Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories Crackpots, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, and the linked-story collection Lately. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous literary journals. Sara's awards include the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2002 for Crackpots, the Alexander Cappon Award for Fiction 2008, a 2009 Pushcart Prize for her story "Two Studies in Entropy," and two West Virginia Literary Fellowships. Sara's newest story collection, Help Wanted: Female, was published by Etruscan Press in 2013. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Creative Writing Program in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He's also co-authored a book of poems and conversations called Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch, and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.