The Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction
2019 Theme: Food
Submissions are open October 1 – November 1.
We are proud to announce that our 2019 judge is Kiese Laymon, author of the novel Long Division, the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and named one of The New York Times best books of the year.
Food is about nourishment, pleasure, lack. Food bonds us through ritual, forges our connection to the earth, divides us into workers and consumers. Food is temporary; food is life. Submit one prose piece up to 4,000 words that incorporates food into the setting, plot, characters, or themes.
About the Prize
Congratulation to the 2018 Contest winners and finalists!
Winner: “A Serious Job” by Joshua Gray
“Morel” by Jennifer Marie Donahue
“Ghost Signs” by Sylvia Fox
“The Mouth in the Yard” by Riley Kross
“Slopes” by Winona Leon
“Toward a Theory of Alternative Lifestyles” by Theodore McCombs
2017 Contest winner and Finalists:
Theme: Fairy tale/myth/ folklore
Judge, Catherine Lacey, chose “Junkland.” by K.A. Rees as the winning submission. Lacey wrote: “Junkland. is a piercing meditation on wreckage and ruin of all sorts— human wastefulness, bodily injury, the oppressive weight of memory. Yet its language is nimble, agile, unexpected. At the heart of this story there is a deep, alluring tension— heavy and ebullient, clear and mysterious, tender and sharp.”
“Now You’ll Have Something to Cry About” by C.G. Thompson
“Toy Whistle” by Cezarija Abartis
“In Floating Fields” by Susan DeFreitas
“Lullaby (Dark Night)” by Jeanne Genis
“Time and Oranges” by Molly Gutman
“Ladies’ Night at the Arctic Club” by Thomas Israel Hopkins
“The Laughing Owl” by Kaely Horton
“Meat Shack” by Kate Jayroe
“Holy Ground” by Joshua Storrs