CONTESTS

Announcing the winners and finalists of the Mighty River Short Story and Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Prizes:

2019 Mighty River Short Story Prize

Winner:
“Payback for Mongoose Charlie” by Bryce Berkowitz

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Bryce Berkowitz is the author of Bermuda Ferris Wheel, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (forthcoming 2020). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, and other publications. He teaches at Butler University.

 

Other finalists this year were:

“No Matter Her Leaving” by Noley Reid
“Where the False Have a Merry Time” by Basmah Sakrani
“Geraniums for Autumn” by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
“The River and the Change it Brings” by Rebecca Wurtz

2019 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Prize

Winner:
“I Haven’t Forgotten You by Leslie Blanco
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Leslie Blanco’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon ReviewPANKCalyxfinemediumandbroadThe Coachella Review, and TransAtlanticPanorama, among others. Her story “Cuba Si, Yanqui No” won an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train‘s Short Story Award for New Writers in 2017. “The Lion” was named “First Runner Up” in Los Angeles Review‘s Literary Awards Short Fiction category in 2016, and was a semi-finalist for American Short Fiction‘s Short(er) Fiction Contest in 2015. She is the recent and very grateful recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, a Hedgebrook fellowship and a Rona Jaffe fellowship. She is the proud holder of an MFA from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She loves travel, the diverse and universal feast of spiritual possibility, and speaking to children through invented characters born when said children press her belly button. She lives in Southern California with triplet daughters, two dogs and one husband.

Other finalists this year were:
“Shades of Tippi Hedren Headed For a Phone Booth” by Pamela Balluck
“Eli” by Elizabeth Enochs
“Bitten” by Barney Haney
“On the Fly” by Daryl Scroggins

UPDATE: For the time being the Mighty River Short Story Contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction contest are going on hiatus. The contests will not be held in 2020. We hope to return in 2021 or 2022. This is really just to give us a break. The contests bring in a lot of extra submissions, and we need a chance to catch our breath.

We host two annual fiction contests, the Mighty River Short Story Contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest. Information for both is listed below.

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, annually

Reading Fee: $20 (Through Submittable–please contact us at upress@semo.edu if you’d like to make alternate arrangements).

Award, contest deadline of October 1, annually: $1000 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must not be previously published.
  • Submit a maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced.
  • Your name/contact information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Submit through our Submittable page!
submit

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: October 1, annually.

Reading Fee: $15 (Through our Submittable page. Please contact us at upress@semo.edu to make alternate arrangements).
Award: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must not be previously published.
  • Submit a maximum of 500 words, double-spaced.
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Submit through our Submittable page!
submit