Firecracker Awards Winners Archive


Learn more about past Firecracker Awards winners, finalists, and judges below.

2020 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Johannes Anyuru, translated by Saskia Vogel, published by Two Lines Press

From the Judges
“This exceptional novel defies categorization and investigates the many facets of terror and xenophobia through the story of a radicalized young woman.”

Johannes Anyuru is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He has published numerous books, including the novel ​A Storm Blew in from Paradise​ (World Editions, 2019). In 2017, he was awarded the August Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year. Anyuru’s work has been likened to a mix between Nobel Laureate Thomas Tranströmer and a hip-hop MC.

Translator Saskia Vogel’s​ translations include work by leading female authors, such as Katrine Marçal, Carolina Ramqvist, and the modernist eroticist Rut Hillarp. Vogel’s debut novel, Permission​ (Coach House Books), was published in 2019.

Two Lines Press exists to give American readers the opportunity to read some of the great work from outside our borders that they would not otherwise get to see. As the barriers between cultures continue to come down and more and more authors are finding inspiration in foreign lands, there’s all the more reason for us to read the world.

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION: throughsmoke by Jehanne Dubrow, published by New Rivers Press

From the Judges:
“With a particular focus on fragrances, Dubrow follows her nose into the terrain of memory, but also into the relationship of scent to grief and desire, and how these emotions might be felt, understood, and smelled.”

Jehanne Dubrow​ is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently ​Dots & Dashes (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, 2017), ​The Arranged Marriage​ (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, 2015), and ​Red Army Red (​ Triquarterly, 2012). She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.

New Rivers Press​ maintains a dual mission: to connect the best new and emerging writers and storytellers from across Minnesota and the world with eager audiences and to provide hands-on learning opportunities at Minnesota State University Moorhead for students interested in entering the publishing world after graduation.

 

POETRY (co-winner): Motion Studies ​by Jena Osman, published by Ugly Duckling Presse

From the Judges:
“Jena Osman’s ​Motion Studies​ defies categorization, combining science writing, dystopian (science) fiction, popular journalism, critical theory, and lyricism.”

Jena Osman’sbooks of poems include ​Corporate Relations​ (Burning Deck, 2014), ​Public Figures​ (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), ​The Network​ (Fence Books, National Poetry Series selection, 2010), and others. She cofounded and coedited the literary magazine ​Chain​ with Juliana Spahr from 1994-2005.

Ugly Duckling Presse​ is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artists books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.

 

POETRY (co-winner): Personal Volcano​ by Laura Moriarty, published by Nightboat Books

From the Judges:
Personal Volcano​ is a tension between the ‘social’ and the ‘deep ecological’—encompassing of something larger and more powerful than the anthropocentric could ever admit.”

Laura Moriarty’sbooks include ​A Tonalist​ (Nightboat Books, 2010), ​A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007​ (Omnidawn, 2007), ​Ultraviolet​ (Atelos, 2006), and others. In addition to having taught at Naropa University and Mills College, she was the deputy director of Small Press Distribution.

Nightboat Books​ seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence, and risk.

 

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT: Porter House Review

From the Judges:
Porter House Review​ publishes well-crafted prose and verse that is attentive to form and captivating. The journal demonstrates inclusivity, publishing works by writers from a wide range of backgrounds and exploring expansive themes.”

Porter House Review​ is an online literary journal produced in conjunction with Texas State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Inspired by the legacy of Katherine Anne Porter, the journal seeks to publish bold and incisive writing that interrogates not only the complexities of the human experience, but also the prevailing social challenges of our time.

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Two Lines Journal

From the Judges:
“With a mission to ‘celebrate the art of translation,’ ​Two Lines Journal​ highlights the exceptional work of both writers and translators, offering Anglophone readers a rare chance to connect with stories and ideas across cultures.”

Two Lines Journal​, published in conjunction with Two Lines Press, ​exists to give American readers the opportunity to read some of the great work from outside our borders that they would not otherwise get to see. As the barriers between cultures continue to come down and more and more authors are finding inspiration in foreign lands, there’s all the more reason for us to read the world.

 

 

 

2020 Lord Nose Award

RECIPIENT: W. Paul Coates & Black Classic Press

Black Classic Press LogoSince it was founded in 1978 by W. Paul Coates, Black Classic Press has specialized in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. Black Classic Press has issued more than 135 titles and is still going strong, with four titles forthcoming in 2020 and 2021, plus twelve more books acquired from The Majority Press. Its best-selling titles include important classics, 100 Years of Lynching by Ralph Ginsburg, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun by Reginald F. Lewis, Black Man of the Nile by Yosef Ben-Jochannon, When We Ruled by Robin Walker and Seize the Time by Bobby Seale.

Coates is a graduate of Atlanta University’s School of Library and Information Studies (1980) and SDC/Antioch University (1979). The coeditor of ​Black Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History​ (Howard University Press, 1990), Coates is an active Black bibliophile and collector of cultural artifacts. As a former African American Studies reference and acquisition librarian at Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Coates was responsible for collection development of African American books and related materials. His responsibilities included the selection and purchase of rare and non-rare items. In addition, he served as adjunct instructor of African American Studies at Sojourner-Douglass College, Baltimore, MD. He formerly owned and operated The Black Book (1972-1978), a Baltimore-based bookstore.

Read more about W. Paul Coates & Black Classic Press, and the Lord Nose Award.


2020 Firecracker Award Finalists:

Fiction
Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan, translated by Janet Hong, published Open Letter Books
Glory and Its Litany of Horrors by Fernanda Torres, translated by Eric M. B. Becker, published Restless Books
The Incompletes by Sergio Chejfec, translated by Heather Cleary, published by Open Letter Books
Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok, published by Kaya Press
The Not Wives by Carley Moore, published by The Feminist Press
Spider Love Song and Other Stories by Nancy Au, published by Acre Books
Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen, published by Shade Mountain Press
The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada, translated by Chris Andrews, published by Graywolf Press

Creative Nonfiction
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin, published by Transit Books
Blackfishing the IUD by Caren Beilin, published by Wolfman Books
Codependence by Amy Long, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Hatred of Translation by Nathanaël, published by Nightboat Books
Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández, published by The Feminist Press
Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis by Sarah C. Townsend, published by The Lettered Streets Press
Socialist Realism by Trisha Low, published by Coffee House Press
We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan by Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, published by Nightboat Books
White Flights by Jess Row, published by Graywolf Press

Poetry
Dunce by Mary Ruefle, published by Wave Books
SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, published by Nightboat Books
while they sleep (under the bed is another country) by Raquel Salas Rivera, published by Birds, LLC
Woodland by Knox Gardner, with music by Aaron Otheim, published by Entre Ríos Books

Magazines: Best Debut
Aquifer: The Florida Review Online
Protean

Magazines: General Excellence 
American Short Fiction
The Common
Ecotone
Foglifter Journal
The Kenyon Review
The Literary Review
New England Review
SLICE Magazine
Under a Warm Green Linden
Water~Stone Review

2020 Firecracker Award Judges

Fiction

Bonnie Chau, author of All Roads Lead to Blood, published by 2040 Books
Melanie Fleishman, book buyer for the Center for Fiction, BookHampton, and Arcadia Books
Alex Gilvarry, author of Eastman Was Here, published by Penguin Books

Creative Nonfiction

Lacy M. Johnson, author of The Reckonings: Essays, published by Scribner
Douglas Martin, author of Acker, published by Nightboat Books
Cristina Rodriguez, bookseller at Deep Vellum Books

Poetry 

Thom Donovan, author of Withdrawn, published by Compline
Celina Su, author of Landia, published by Belladonna*
Simone White, author of Dear Angel of Death, published by Ugly Duckling Presse

Magazine
Laura Cogan, Editor, Zyzzyva
Ruben Quesada, Poetry Editor, AGNI
Alexandra Watson, Executive Editor, Apogee Journal

2019 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press

Little Fish by Casey Plett

Arsenal Pulp Press, established in 1971 and located in Vancouver, Canada, publishes literature that engages and challenges readers, and that asks probing questions about the world. Genres include literary fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, and children’s and young adult titles, as well as books on social issues and gender studies and LGBTQ+ and BIPOC literature.

Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press), winner of the 2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the Lambda Literary Award­­–winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love (Topside Press, 2014). She is also coeditor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers (Topside Press, 2017). She lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

From the Judges:

“In Little Fish, Casey Plett brings us fully into the world of her characters and lets us feel the fateful inevitability of their choices. Plett’s protagonist, Wendy, is searching for a hidden trans lineage in her own family tree. This heroic quest is at once deeply private and an enormously helpful way to think about what it means for any of us to come of age and become heroes of our own lives.”

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION: The Leftovers by Shaelyn Smith, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center

The Leftovers by Shaelyn SmithCleveland State University Poetry Center was established in 1962 to promote poetry through readings and community outreach. In 1971, it expanded its mission to become a national nonprofit independent press under the auspices of the CSU Department of English and has since published over 200 titles. It currently publishes three to five books a year of poetry, essays, and works in translation, and runs the Lighthouse Reading Series in Cleveland. It also serves as an educational resource for students in the Northeast Ohio MFA program to learn literary editing and publishing through graduate assistantships and internships, and since 2018 has hosted the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing and Publishing, which aims to promote diversity in literary publishing and programming.

Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers was selected by Renee Gladman as the winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2017 Essay Collection Competition and was featured in “The Genre of Resistance: Debut Literary Nonfiction of 2018” in Poets & Writers Magazine. Smith’s writing has been published in Essay Daily, storySouth, Sonora Review, The Rumpus, and Forklift, Ohio. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.

From the Judges:

“The strength and poignancy of Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers rests in the work itself not being easily categorized. Emerging out of a critical engagement—one might even say a fixation—with Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist art installation The Dinner Party housed at the Brooklyn Museum, The Leftovers encapsulates feminist testimony, art criticism, and personal discovery while rendering the visual as tactile and vivid. Smith goes well beyond asking who has been brought to the table and who has been left out—she erects platforms for voices and perspectives, both historical and contemporary, that speak to how historical recovery can also be a trap. The viewpoints she brings together offer universal truths held by individuals and community through a tightness in structure, voice, and overall composition. With prose that encourages a kind of infectious curiosity, Smith cracks open what writing about art can mean for how we read the world around us. The Leftovers is singularly engaging and as essential to our shelves as it is to our everyday dialogue.”

 

POETRY: City of the Future by Sesshu Foster, published by Kaya Press

City of the FutureKaya Press, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit publishing house run by a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. Now based in Los Angeles, Kaya Press continues to push boundaries by publishing literature, historically overlooked books from the Asian Diaspora, and books on art and film.

Sesshu Foster was raised in East Los Angeles and earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Along with City of the Future, he is the author of the poetry collections World Ball Notebook (City Lights, 2009), which won an American Book Award and an Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, and City Terrace Field Manual (Kaya Press, 1996). He is also the author of the novel of speculative fiction Atomik Aztex (City Lights, 2005), which won the Believer Book Award. Foster has taught in East LA for 25 years as well as at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Pomona University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Los Angeles.

From the Judges:

“Sesshu Foster’s City of the Future forces readers to rethink poetry, postcards, and the present by asking us to reimagine how we use language but also how language is used upon us. His work is one of utmost service. On a neighborly and communitarian level, Foster’s work documents and challenges injustice. Beginning with ‘in the infinite city,’ the text builds image after image of sentient beings in “the city”—a space defined by its problematic (and dehumanizing) charge. City of the Future is part manifesto, part conversation/correspondence, and part elegy—this is a rare portrait of a space that is actively disappearing.”

 

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT: Aster(ix)

Aster(ix)

Aster(ix) is a feminist literary arts journal based in Pittsburgh and New York City that is committed to social justice and translation, placing women of color at the center of the conversation. Available online, Aster(ix) also publishes a series of thematic print issues.

From the Judges:
“We are honored to award Aster(ix) the prize for Best Debut in Magazines. This refreshing new publication is striking, inspiring, and smartly visionary. The judges are impressed by the commitment to editorial excellence evident in the compelling content and clean design. Commendably, the journal’s mission highlights generative experiment, recognizing the relationship between the creative interrogation of dominant discourse and effective social change. Moreover, leading the charge to nurture and publish works by artists and writers committed to social change with particular attention to works by women of color working on the margin of their discipline, Aster(ix) serves as a remarkable beacon for our times and beyond. This is an impactful and stunning debut, charting and accomplishing necessary work in the field.”

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: ZYZZYVA

ZYZZYVA publishes three issues of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art each year. In every issue, the journal provides an overview of contemporary arts and letters, with a vibrant mix of established talents and new voices. The journal is dedicated to preserving room for discovery and experimentation, both through fostering emerging talents and by making space for established writers working in new forms. Though ZYZZYVA’s purview is national (and beyond), its San Francisco roots shape the journal’s perspective, and its longtime focus on highlighting West Coast writers and artists remains essential to its mission. In 2020, ZYZZYVA will celebrate 35 years of independent publishing.

From the Judges:

“We are honored to award San Francisco-based print publication ZYZZYVA the prize for General Excellence in Magazines. Since its founding in 1985, ZYZZYVA has been committed to publishing with care and curatorial verve all genres of literature—including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and interviews—from writers known and emerging, as well as an impressive range of visual art.  Inclusive, equitable, and visionary, ZYZZYVA has impressed the judges with its unfailing standards of quality, scope, and its consistent contribution to and support of a broad spectrum of literature and literary conversation. They are an outstanding and longstanding example of the vital role of literary magazines and journals in the world.”

 

2019 Lord Nose Award

Poet Lee Ann Brown

LEE ANN BROWN & TENDER BUTTONS

The third annual Lord Nose Award, given in memory of Jonathan Williams, publisher of the legendary literary press The Jargon Society, in recognition of a lifetime of superlative small press publishing, was presented to Tender Buttons, founded by poet Lee Ann Brown in 1989 with the aim of publishing the best in experimental women’s writing.

Read CLMP Board Member David Wilk’s remarks about Tender Buttons.

 

 

2019 Firecracker Award Finalists

FICTION

A Bright and Pleading Dagger by Nicole Rivas, published by Rose Metal Press

All Roads Lead to Blood by Bonnie Chau, published by Santa Fe Writers Project

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover, published by Europa Editions

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press

Mina by Kim Sagwa, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan, published by Two Lines Press

Strawberry Fields by Hilary Plum, published by Fence Books

The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana, published by Dorothy, a publishing project

That Which Girls Conjure Will Help Them Survive by Kristen Stone, published by Guillotine

Trick by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, published by Europa Editions

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Anne Boyer, published by Ugly Duckling Presse

An Imperfect Rapture by Kelly Beard, published by Zone 3 Press

Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis, self-published by Old Road Publishing

False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia by María Sonia Cristoff, translated by Katherine Silver, published by Transit Books

Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo, published by Milkweed Editions

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir by Helen Zuman, published with She Writes Press

No Archive Will Restore You by Julietta Singh, published by Punctum Books

To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight by Terrance Hayes, published by Wave Books

 

POETRY

Baby, I Don’t Care by Chelsey Minnis, published by Wave Books

Body & Glass by Rodney Koeneke, published by Wave Books

Crosslight for Youngbird by Asiya Wadud, published by Nightboat Books

Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui, published by Copper Canyon Press

GOOD MORNING AMERICA I AM HUNGRY AND ON FIRE by jamie mortara, published by YesYes Books

Milk by Dorothea Lasky, published by Wave Books

Post Traumatic Hood Disorder by David Tomas Martinez, published by Sarabande Books

The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi, published by Copper Canyon Press

You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else by Dao Strom, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen, published by AJAR Press

 

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT

Aquifer: The Florida Review Online

Full Bleed

Headway Quarterly

Poet’s Country

The Arkansas International

The Bare Life Review

The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words by Women

Twyckenham Notes

Under a Warm Green Linden

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Creative Nonfiction

Poetry

Raleigh Review

Sinister Wisdom

The Cincinnati Review

The Common

The Literary Review

Washington Square Review

Water~Stone Review

2019 Judges

FICTION

Andrea Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Rescue Press, 2017) & Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016).

Veronica Santiago Liu is founder and general coordinator of Word Up Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria. Previously, she was a Contributing Editor at Seven Stories Press, where she worked as Managing than Senior Editor for more than a decade.  

Robert Pollock is PEN America’s Prison Writing coordinator. Additionally, Robert is an ongoing participant in Rehabilitation Through the Arts, Musicambia, Refoundry, and Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Advisory Committee. He is also a visual artist/singer-songwriter.  

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, writer, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, contributing editor to Electric Literature. She is the editor of the short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). 

Jeff Deutsch is the Director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Inc., which includes 57th Street Books. Other than a two-year stint as a Live-Work Artist at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Deutsch has spent his entire career in bookselling. 

Jyothi Natarajan is Editorial Director at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Previously, she was an editor at The Caravan magazine and The New Press. Her writing has appeared in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (Aunt Lute, 2016).

 

POETRY

Farrah Field is a co-founder of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. 

erica kaufman is the author of POST CLASSIC (forthcoming Roof Books, 2019), INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013), and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). kaufman is the Director of Bard College the Institute for Writing & Thinking and where she is also Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities.

Dean Rader is a poet and author of Works & Days, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn, 2014). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

 

MAGAZINES

Maribeth Batcha is the Publisher and Co-founder of One Story.

Poet, sound artist, and scholar, Duriel E. Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. She is author of three print poetry collections including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (2017), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize.

Katie Raissian is Publisher and Editor of Stonecutter, and a literary fiction and nonfiction editor at Grove Atlantic.

 

2018 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, published by Akashic Books

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, published by 1913 Press

POETRY: Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora, published by Copper Canyon Press

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT: Flock Literary Journal

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: One Story

LORD NOSE AWARD: Bobby and Lee Byrd & Cinco Puntos Press

 

2018 Firecracker Award Finalists

FICTION

Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine, published by Ig Publishing

I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, published by YesYes Books

Monolith by Yanick Lahens, translated by Emily Gogolak, published by Deep Vellum Publishing

North Station by Bae Suah, translated by Deborah Smith, published by Open Letter

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor, published by Rescue Press

The Passion of Woo & Isolde by Jennifer Tsung, published by Rose Metal Press

The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked, edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, Annabelle Hayes, published by Cinco Puntos Press

Tom o’Vietnam by Baron Wormser, published by New Rivers Press

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Asker by Douglas Martin, published by Nightboat Books

Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life by Chelsea Martin, published by Soft Skull Press

In the Province of the Gods by Kenny Fries, published by The University of Wisconsin Press

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber, published by University of Nebraska Press

Patagonian Road by Kate McCahill, published by Santa Fe Writers Project

Surviving Jersey: Danger and Insanity in the Garden State by Scott Loring Sanders, published by Outpost 19

The Flowers in My Mother’s Name by Philip Harris, published by Nomadic Press

There You Are: Interview, Journals and Ephemera by Joan Kyger and edited by Cedar Sigo, published by Wave Books

 

POETRY

blud by Rachel McKibbens, published by Copper Canyon Press

Field Theories by Samiyah Bashir, published by Nightboat Books

I know Your Kind: Poems by William Brewer, published by Milkweed Editions

Silk Poem by Jen Bervin, published by Nightboat Books

The Happy End / All Welcome by Monica de la Torre, published by Ugly Duckling Presse

While Standing in Line for Death by CAConrad, published by Wave Books

 

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT

Aquifer: The Florida Review Online

Better than Starbucks

drDoctor

Erizo: A Journal of the Arts

Neologian

Paper Brigade

Poet’s Country

The Wax Paper

True Story

Under a Warm Green Linden

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Conjunctions

Creative Nonfiction

Ecotone

Full Stop

Georgia Review

New England Review

Poetry

Words Without Borders

Zyzzyva

 

2018 Judges

FICTION: Sarah Mickelm, Jay Nicorvo, Jess Pane

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Luis Jaramillo, Marie Mitsuki Mockett, Geo Ong

POETRY: Mahogany Browne, Cassie Duggan, Christopher Soto

MAGAZINES: Clarence Reynolds, Jodie Stanley, Craig Morgan Teicher

 

2017 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman, published by Deep Vellum Publishing

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Calamities by Renee Gladman, published by Wave Books

POETRY: Buck Studies by Douglas Kearney, published by Fence Books

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT: Bennington Review

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Prairie Schooner

LORD NOSE AWARD: Bruce McPherson & McPherson & Co.

2017 Firecracker Award Finalists

FICTION

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar, translated by Elizabeth Bryer, published by Deep Vellum Publishing

Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lucio Cardoso, translated by Margaret Jull Costa & Robin Patterson, published by Open Letter

Gesell Dome by Guillermo Saccomanno, translated by Andrea G. Labinger, published by Open Letter

Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Béchard, published by Milkweed Editions

Nine Island by Jane Allison, published by Catapult

Say Something Nice About Me by Sara Schaff, published Augury Books

The Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan, published by Bellevue Literary Press

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, published Europa Editions

The Port-Wine Stain by Norman Lock, published by Bellevue Literary Press

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century by Jerome Charyn, published by Bellevue Literary Press

Coast Range: A Collection from the Pacific Edge by Nick Neely, published by Counterpoint Press

Diving Makes the Water Deep by Zach Savic, published by Rescue Press

My Private Property by Mary Ruefle, published by Wave Books

Proxy: Essays Near Knowing {A Reckoning} by Brian Blanchfield, published by Nightboat Books

Sublime Physick: Essays by Patrick Madden, published by University of Nebraska Press

The Estrangement Principle by Ariel Goldberg, published by Nightboat Books

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, published by Milkweed Editions

The Voyager Record: A Transmission by Anthony Michael Morena, published by Rose Metal Press

 

POETRY

Hammer with No Master: Poems of René Char by René Char, translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson

Hardly War by Don Mee Choi, published by Wave Books

Hell Figures by E. Tracy Grinnell, published by Nightboat Books

Music for Mussolini by Nick Johnson, published by Nomadic Press

Post- by Wayne Miller, published by Milkweed Editions

Profeta Without Refuge by Raina J. León, published by Nomadic Press

Remembering Animals by Brenda Iijima, published by Nightboat Books

Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich, published by Ricochet Editions

The Tornado Is the World by Catherine Pierce, published by Saturnalia Books

 

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT

F(r)iction

Prodigal

Springhouse Journal

The Sixpenny Review

The Timberline Review

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

A Public Space

Gettysburg Review

Gulf Coast

Kenyon Review

MAKE Literary Magazine

New England Review

Ninth Letter

One Story

Poetry

The Common

Virginia Quarterly Review

 

2017 Judges

FICTION: Jarrod Annis, Paul Lisicky, Pia Padrone

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Michele Filgate, Alison Gore, Alexandra Kleeman

POETRY: Anne Boyer, Camille Drummond, Patricia Spears Jones

MAGAZINES: Maribeth Batcha, Ellen Duffer, Brigid Hughes

 

2016 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: The Things We Don’t Do by Andrés Neuman, translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenzo Garcia, published by Open Letter

CREATIVE NONFICTION: The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis, published by Milkweed Editions

POETRY: Garments Against Women by Anne Boyer, published by Ahsahta Press

BEST LITERARY MAGAZINE: A Public Space

 

2016 Firecracker Award Finalists

FICTION

American Meteor by Norman Lock, published by Bellevue Literary Press

Ciao Suerte by Annie McGreevy, published by Nouvella

Home by Leila S. Chudori, translated by John McGlynn, published by Deep Vellum Press

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese, published by Milkweed Editions

On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World by Elizabeth Kadetsky, published Nouvella

Pinkies by Shane Hinton, published by Burrow Press

The Listener by Rachel Basch, published by Pegasus Books

The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig, translated by Isabel Fargo Cole, published by Two Lines Press

Tran 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated by Roland Glasser, published by Deep Vellum Publishing

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art & Craft of the Writing Life edited by Katrina Roberts, published by Lord Horse Press

Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe by Lori Jakiela, published by Atticus Books

My Chinese-America by Allen Gee, published by Santa Fe Writers Project

Shader by Daniel Nester, published by 99: The Press

Solemn Pleasure by Melissa Pritchard, published by Bellevue Literary Press

Suite Vénitienne by Sophie Calle, published by Siglio Press

The Ghosts Who Travel with Me by Allison Green, published by Ooligan Press

Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir by Michael White, published by Persea Books

Wide Open: My Adventures in Polyamory, Open Marriage and Loving On My Own Terms by Gracie X, published by New Harbinger

 

POETRY

Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts, published by Four Way Books

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón, published by Milkweed Editions

Illocality by Joseph Massey, published by Wave Books

Incorrect Merciful Impulses by Camille Rankine, published by Copper Canyon Press

Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno by Ed Pavlic, published by Fence Books

Life in a Box Is a Pretty Box by Dawn Lundy Martin, published by Nightboat Books

S O S: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka, edited by Paul Vangelisti, published by Grove Press

Supplication: Selected Poems by John Weiners, edited by Robert Dewhurst, Joshua Beckman, and CAConrad, published by Wave Books

The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring Midnights, Fire & All by C. D. Wright, published by Copper Canyon Press

What about This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford by Frank Stanford, edited by Michael Wiegers, published by Copper Canyon Press

 

BEST LITERARY MAGAZINE

Gulf Coast 

The Kenyon Review

MAKE Literary Magazine

Ninth Letter

One Story

Poetry

The Common

The Gettysburg Review

Virginia Quarterly Review

2016 Judges

FICTION: Brad Johnson, Yin Li, Dawn Raffel

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Claire Kirch, Kelly McMasters, Meredith Walters

POETRY: Kazim Ali, Ifeanyi Menkiti, Tim Nolan, Stephanie Strickland, Jonathon Welch

MAGAZINES: Don Lee, Ander Monson, David Martinez, Molly Rose Quinn, Clarence Reynolds

 

2015 Firecracker Award Winners

FICTION: Song of the Shank by Jeffrey Renard Allen, published by Graywolf Press

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye, published by Two Lines Press

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Beauty by Hubert & Kerascoët, published by NBM Publishing

POETRY: Sonnets: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition by Bernadette Mayer, published by Tender Buttons Press

YOUNG ADULT: Some Boys by Patty Blount, published Sourcebooks

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT: Story

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Tin House Magazine

2015 Firecracker Award Finalists

FICTION

Hum by Michelle Richmond, published by FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press

List by Matthew Roberson, published by FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press

Search for Heinrich Schlögel by Martha Bailie, published by Tin House Books

Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke, published by Tin House Books

Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming, published by Burrow Press

Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard, published by Open Letter Books

The Family Cannon by Halina Duraj, published by Augury Books

The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov, published by New Vessel Press

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels, published by Tin House Books

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Loitering by Charles D’ambrosia, published by Tin House Books

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison, published by Graywolf Press

The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson, published by Tin House Books

Surrendering Oz by Bonnie Friedman, published by Etruscan Press

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL

All Stars by Jesse Lonergan, published by NBM Publishing

Family Ties by Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon, published by Rattapallax

Whitman Illuminated by Allen Crawford, published by Tin House Books

 

POETRY

Beast Feast by Cody-Rose Clevidence, published by Ahsahta Press

Blue Hanuman by Joan Larkin, published by Hanging Loose Press

Exclosures by Emily Abendroth, published by Ahsahta Press

Tree Line by Judy Halebsky, published by New Issues Poetry & Prose

 

YOUNG ADULT

A Boy Like Me by Jeannie Wood, published by 215 Ink

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, published by Quirk Books

My So-Called Ruined Life by Melanie Bishop, published by Torrey House Press

Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn, published by Sourcebooks

 

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

6 x 6

A Public Space

Creative Nonfiction

Fence

Mosaic

 

2015 Judges

FICTION: Katie Freeman, Mitchell Kaplan, Hannah Tinti

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Michele Filgate, Kiese Layton, Terese Svoboda

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Eric Lorberer, Christine Monroe, Calvin Reid

POETRY: John Evans, Kimiko Hahn, Stacy Szymaszek

YOUNG ADULT: Katie Coyle, Sarah LaPolla, Jordan Nielson

MAGAZINES: Jane Freedman, Karen Gisonny, Ina Morris, Saeed Jones