Pushcart Nominees and Noir Issue

In mid-January we will be open to submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, reviews and flash fiction) for our NOIR (crime, mystery, shadiness and shadows) issue, which will come out in autumn of 2014.  Details to follow after the beginning of the year.

2013 Shenandoah Pushcart Nominees

Melissa Dickson (poetry)
Joseph Bathanti (fiction)
Corrie Williamson (poetry)
Austin Segrest (poetry)
Michael Devins (fiction)
Brendan Galvin (poetry)

{Each journal is allowed six nominations.}

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R. T. Smith receives Weinstein Prize in Poetry

Winner of 2013’s BEVEL SUMMERS PRIZE FOR THE SHORT SHORT STORY is Seth Brady Tucker for “Jigsaw.” 2014 Contest will open in March, 2014.

Judith McCombs is the winner of the 2012 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets, awarded annually by Shenandoah. Her winning poem, “The Minister’s Wife Seeks Patrick McKommie’s Advice” will appear in Vol. 62 No. 2 of Shenandoah, to be released on-line mid February. The Prize is given by Mrs. Priscilla Gowen Graybeal and her husband James Graybeal, W&L ’49 and is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Graybeal’s father, Howerton Gowen, W&L ’30.

Born in Alexandria, Judith McCombs graduated from Wakefield High School’s first class in Arlington. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Measure, Nimrod, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner. She has written five books, the most recent of which is The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New, as well as held both NEH and Canadian Senior Fellowships. Currently McCombs teaches writing workshops in Bethesda and arranges a poetry series in Kensington, MD.

Three hundred and thirty-six poems were submitted this year. In addition to McCombs, this year’s finalists are Brad Efford from Hollins University with “Northern Lights,” Melanie McCabe of Arlington with “The Visitors,” Jocelyn Sears from the University of Virginia with “Swallow,” and Professor Lesley Wheeler from Washington and Lee University with “My Dead Father Remembers My Birthday.”
The contest was judged by Sarah Kennedy, the English Dept. chair at Mary Baldwin College and author of the newest book The Gold Thread (Elixir, 2013).

The 2011 award was given to Margaret MacKinnon of the Washington, D.C. area for her piece, “Writing on the Window.” Shenandoah will consider entries for the 2013 Graybeal-Gowen Prize in October.

The competition for the 2014 Bevel Summers Prize will open in March, 2014, at which time submissions should be sent via Shenandoah‘s Submittable site, accessible through our Prizes/Submit link in the top menu.  There will be a separate submission category from the fiction and flash fiction.  Stories may be no longer than 1000 words, and each writer is allowed to submit up to three stories.  The prize is $1000; there is no submission fee.


recent-meR. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and serves as Writer-in-Residence at Washington & Lee. His forthcoming books are Doves in Flight: 13 Fictions and Summoning Shades: New Poems, both due in 2017.