It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our 2019 Pinch Literary Awards!

This year saw many excellent entries, and we thank everyone who entered. Congratulations to our winners!


Poetry (Judged by Emily Skaja)

Winner:  “Post-Surgical Ode” by Caroline Shea

Runner Up:  "Three Rules for Punching a Friend in the Face” by Chris Ketchum

Second Runner Up: “Deadbeat Beach” by Natalie Tombasco


Fiction (Judged by Amy Bonnaffons)

Winner:  “As You Can Imagine, This Makes Dating Difficult” by Jen Fawkes

First Runner Up: “Runaways” by Lauren Green

Second Runner Up:  “Yes, She Has Been to the Ocean” by Esther Hayes


Creative Nonfiction (Judged by Elissa Washuta)

Winner:  “Clay Girl Becomes Clay Woman” by Katerina Ivanov

Runner Up:  “Drunk Mall” by Marguerite Weisman

Second Runner Up: “Limits of My Language” by Victoria Flanagan