The 2017 Pinch Literary Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Pinch Literary Awards.

Competition this year was especially intense, as we received our highest number of submissions yet. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to our winners! Scroll down to read their work.


Poetry (Judged by Amorak Huey)

Winner:  “What the War Was Not” — Kate Gaskin

First Runner Up:  “The Orange Grove” — Ronald Dzerigian

Second Runner Up:  “There is No Such Thing As Trespass” — John Sibley Williams


Fiction (Judged by Caitlin Horrocks)

Winner:  “The Replacement Wife” — Blair Hurley

First Runner Up: “The Alchemist's Teeth” — Sam Martone

Second Runner Up:  “Soldier’s Joy” — Marlene Zadig


Creative Nonfiction (Judged by Jill Talbot)

Winner:  “All These Apocalypses” — Eliza Smith

First Runner Up:  “Southern Hafu” — Cumi Ikeda

Second Runner Up:  “Sock it to Me” — Beth Roddy