Fugue's 2016 Poetry and Prose Contest Winners Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our annual poetry and prose contests!

Poetry Winner: "Bland Meditations" by Mark Jay Brewin Jr.

Mark Jay Brewin Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, The Cortland Review, Copper Nickel, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere, as well as been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. His first book manuscript Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press. He is currently a Contributing Editor for the poetry journal Cave Wall.


Prose Winner: "In the Arms of a Sequoia" by Mary Mandeville


Mary Mandeville lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner, surviving son, and two rescued pitbulls. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Voice Catcher, Nailed!, Role ReBoot, Brain, Child, and the 2015 Anthology She Holds the Face of the World. Her essay, "Messages," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Poetry Runners-Up:

"Partings" by Caitlin Scarano

"Preludes for Solo Piano" by Ruby Turok

Prose Runners-Up:

"Chicken Shit, Chicken Salad" by Peter Gurche

"Small Monuments" by Molly Olguin


A great big thank you to our judges Megan Kruse and Rose McLarney, as well as everyone who submitted to this year's contest! Winners receive $1,000 and publication in the upcoming Fall issue of Fugue. We received a large number of submissions and enjoyed reading everyone's work with care. We look forward to seeing what everyone's been working on this summer when our general submission period re-opens September 1st!