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Past Contest Winners

(Sorted by contest deadline year)

Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Nove

  • 2016: Maureen Aitken, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls 
  • 2015: John Surowiecki, The Pie Man
  • 2014: Anne Corbitt, Rules for Lying
  • 2013: James Tate Hill, Academy Gothic
  • 2012: Susan V. Meyers, Failing the Trapeze
  • 2011: Tony Rogers, The Execution of Richard Sturgis, As Told by His Son, Colin

Cowles Poetry Book Prize

  • 2016: James Crews, Telling My Father
  • 2015: Brad Aaron Modlin, Everyone at This Party Has Two Names
  • 2014: Angie Macri, Underwater Panther

Vern Cowles Poetry Chapbook Prize

  • 2013: “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” by Jeffrey Bean

Mighty River Short Story Contest

  • 2015: Elisabeth Doyle, Washington, DC, “Teachers” Published in Big Muddy 16.1
  • 2014: Hannah Gildea, Oregon, “Cottonmouth” Published in Big Muddy 15.1
  • 2013: Catherine Browder, Missouri, “The Canine Cure” Published in Big Muddy 14.1
  • 2012: Jessica Weatherford, Texas, “Lure”Published in Big Muddy 13.1.
  • 2011: Scott Kauffman, California, “Cat Dance”Published in Big Muddy 12.1.
  • 2010: Kathleen Knutsen Rowell, California “The Resolution”Published in Big Muddy 11.1.
  • 2009: Kel Munger, California “Missus Finn”Published in Big Muddy 10.1.

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

  • 2015: John Blair, Texas, “The Mockingbird,” Published in Big Muddy 16.1
  • 2014: Jeannine Dorian Vesser, Missouri, “That Summer” Published in Big Muddy 15.1
  • 2013: Robert Garner McBrearty, “What Happened To Laura?” Published in Big Muddy 14.1
  • 2012: Anna Dizack, Arizona, “Inheritance”Published in Big Muddy 13.1.
  • 2011: Patrick Finney, Missouri, “Attending a Wake Filled with Strangers”Published in Big Muddy 12.1.
  • 2010: Natalie Hamm DeVaull, New York “In the Kitchen”Published in Big Muddy 11.1.
  • 2009: Erica Lehrer, Texas “Facets”Published in Big Muddy 10.1.

Vern Cowles Prize for a Trinity of Poems

  • 2013: Debbie Benson, New York, “After My Father Died,” “Our Common Fever,” “On Dualism”To be published in The Cape Rock, 41.2.

Copperdome Chapbook Contest

  • 2012: Terry Lucas, If They Have Ears to Hear
  • 2011: Bern Mulvey, Character Readings
  • 2010: Jessica Daigle, Always After Our Fall
  • 2009: James Crews, What Has Not Yet Left
  • 2008: Jenn Habel, In the Little House
  • 2007: Matthew Nienow, Two Sides of the Same Thing
  • 2006: Roy Bentley, Strange Privacies
  • 2005: Michael Meyerhofer, Cardboard Urn