The 2018 Pinch Literary Awards

This year saw our greatest number of entries yet. Staff was thrilled by the quality of entries, and we thank everyone who entered. Congratulations to our winners! Scroll down to read their work.


Poetry (Judged by Maggie Smith)

Winner:  “Requiem" -  D.G. Geis

Runner Up:  "Female Pain, Origin Of" - Casey Patrick


Fiction (Judged by Carmen Maria Machado)

Winner:  “You Will Be Extraordinary" - Nicole Baute

First Runner Up: “My Eye Eye” — Lela Tredwell

Second Runner Up:  “Three Husbands" - Sheldon Costa


Creative Nonfiction (Judged by Andrea Jarrell)

Winner:  “What Accumulates" - Jackie Connelly

Runner Up:  “Sweating Bullets" - Jordan Thomas