We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Pinch Literary Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
We’re always amazed by the quality (and sheer number) of entries in each category, and this year was no exception. As in previous contests, we were also lucky enough to have three stellar authors as our guest judges: George Singleton, Adam Clay, and Lee Martin.
Below you’ll find the full list of winning pieces, as well as additional information about these talented authors. First-place winners will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of The Pinch. Others may also appear in the journal (or as web features available early online). Stay tuned to see. Congratulations to our winners, and a huge thanks to all of the writers who submitted!
Winner: Mark Wagenaar, “Shake & Bake Blues (Midwest Blues)”
First Runner Up: Michael Lavers, “Night Feeding”
Second Runner Up: Michael Mlekoday, “I Think I’m Almost Ready to See the Ocean”
Winner: Emily Verona, “Care”
First Runner Up: Louise Marburg, “Far Away to a Nowhere Place”
Second Runner Up: Shannon Sweetnam, “I, Ester”
Winner: Sarah Viren, “My Murderer’s Futon”
First Runner Up: Jeffrey Schneider, “Tableland”
Second Runner Up: Julie Marie Wade, “The Regulars”