On March 15 Shenandoah will begin considering flash fictions of under 1000 words for the Bevel Summers Contest.  Submit  via Submittable (through this website) and via U.S. Post Office.  Contest runs to March 31 at midnight.  Received date, not postmarked.

Each contestant may submit up to three stories in separate submissions.  No admission fee.


Shenandoah wishes to congratulate the winners of its major genre prizes for Volume 63. The prizes in fiction, poetry and non-fiction are given for the best work in fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Each prize carries an honorarium of $1000 dollars.

The Shenandoah Fiction Prize (2014 co-winners):
“Humdinger” by Heather Goodman and “Rita’s Dream” by Joseph Bathanti
About the authors:
Motivated to pursue fiction after attending the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference working as a Mentor Series award winner in fiction at the Loft Literary Center, Heather Goodman has been published in Grey’s Sporting Journal, Printers Row, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review and The Chicago Tribune, where her story “His Dog” won the Nelson Algren Award.

Joseph Bathanti is the author of six books of poetry, including Restoring Sacred Art ( 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize). His novel East Liberty won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His latest novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize. Bathanti is the recipient of Literature Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council in poetry and fiction; the Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award for outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina.

James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry:
“The Odds” by Steven Kronen
About the author:
Steve Kronen’s Splendor appeared from BOA in 2006. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic, The American Scholar, Poetry, Agni, APR, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, The Yale Review and The Threepenny Review. He has been a fellow at Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, received an NEA, two Florida Arts Council grants, and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His first book, Empirical Evidence, won the Contemporary Poetry Series prize from the University of Georgia Press in 1992.

Tom Carter Prize for the Essay:
“How to Skin a Bird” by Chelsea Biondolillo
About the author:
Chelsea Biondolillo’s prose has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Wilder Quarterly, Brevity, Flyway, NPR, The Fiddleback and others. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Wyoming majoring in both nonfiction and environmental studies. In her spare time she reports on the local flora and fauna for Wyoming Public Radio.


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.