The 2019 Pinch Literary Awards

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation



 February 1, 2019 - April 5, 2019

(The original April 1 deadline has been extended in honor of AWP ‘19!)

1st Place in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry each receive $1000. 

Click here to view winners and judges from previous contests.


Send only original work. If your work quotes or borrows from other work, that source should receive credit.

We do NOT accept submissions via email.

*Please note that all submissions are eligible for either journal or website publication. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed.


Meet Our Judges


Meet our Fiction Judge:

Amy Bonnaffons' debut story collection THE WRONG HEAVEN was published in July 2018 by Little, Brown. It will be followed in early 2020 by THE REGRETS, a novel about the afterlife.

Amy is a founding editor of, a literary journal devoted to collaborations between writers and visual artists. Born in New York City, she now lives in Athens, GA, where she is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia.


Meet our Creative Non-Fiction Judge:

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction, forthcoming from University of Washington Press. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Elissa is an assistant professor of English at the Ohio State University.


Meet our Poetry Judge:

Emily Skaja (pronounced SKAY-juh) was born and raised in rural Illinois. Her first book, BRUTE, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and will be published by Graywolf in April of 2019. Emily is a graduate of the MFA program at Purdue University and a current PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Summer Research Fellow and also earned a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Emily’s poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and Gulf Coast, among other journals. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of Southern Indiana Review.