Fellowship Competition

2015 Fellowship Competition Results!

We are pleased to announce the results from our 2015 Fellowship Competition. Winners will be published in a future edition of Quarterly West and are invited to read at our Annual Writers Conference, June 10-13, 2015. Many thanks to our accomplished judges, all of whom are leading small, intensive workshops at the conference. Reserve your space today to attend the conference and have the opportunity to meet and work with these talented writers.

FICTION – Judged by Ann Hood

First Place: We Work in Miraculous Cages, Brenda Peynado

Brenda Peynado has work appearing in The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Mid-American Review, and others. She received her MFA from Florida State University. Last year, she was on a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic, writing a novel about the 1965 April War. She currently is a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.


“Congratulations on winning First Place in the Fiction Fellowship Competition! “We Work in Miraculous Cages” took my breath away. It’s raw, honest, and revelatory in its portrayal of life now for an entire generation. The powerful writing throughout culminates in an absolutely stunning final scene. What a fine story! As soon as I read the last sentence, I knew I had read the winning story.”
Ann Hood

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Second Place: The Smell of Salt, Meredith Luby
Third Place: Boxes, Laurie Frankel
Fiction Finalists:
  • Breaking News, Abigail Beshkin
  • Town Car in the Country, Robert Drummond
  • Water on the Rocks, Terri Scullen
  • Achmed’s Lesson, Brad Field
  • Three Okie Orphans, Pat Harrison

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NONFICTION – Judged by Judith Barrington

First Place: In Between Places, Lucy Bryan


Lucy Bryan lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she contents herself with gazing at mountains on the days she can’t climb them. A member of the Writing Center faculty at James Madison University, she loves coming home to a handsome knife maker and a mischievous cat every night. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Penn State University. Her essays, short fiction, and book reviews have appeared in Nashville Review, Superstition Review, So-to-Speak, Word Riot, and The Georgia Review, among others.

“Although I don’t know your name, I feel that I got to know the narrator of your memoir very well, which might mean I know you a little. I chose your piece because I admired the way you merged the narrative of the trip with Joseph with flashbacks to the past that fit well with the story. It was so much more than a tale of a trip into the wilderness, and yet the story of that trip held it together and kept me involved on the surface, while at the same time absorbing the back story without effort. You found an excellent balance between these two aspects of the piece. Others tried to do something similar but did not succeed as well with the various time frames. I also liked how well you captured the relationship between sister and brother, making it entirely believable. The writing was just right for the subject… I look forward to meeting you in Utah and offer my congratulations on a fine piece of writing.” –Judith Barrington

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Second Place: Language in the Latter Days, Jessica Wilbanks
Third Place:  Symphony Date, Cathy Beres
Creative Nonfiction Finalists:
  • Love the Sinner, Florentina Staigers
  • Tableland, Jeffrey Schneider
  • Death of the Virgin, Will McGrath
  • Luck Let Go, Melody Gee
  • If You Look, Kerri Dieffenwierth
  • Canners, Rebecca Owen
  • Hunka Sisters, Barbara Dills

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POETRY – Judged by Alison Hawthorne Deming


First Place: Some Women and other poems, Jessica Glover

Jessica Glover teaches for the English department and the Gender and Women’s Studies program at Oklahoma State University. She graduates in the 2015 spring semester with a Ph.D. in English. She received her MA and BA from Missouri State University. Her work is forthcoming in Indiana Review and has appeared in American Literary Review, Aesthetica, Magma Poetry, Reed Magazine, So to Speak, Slippery Elm, and MuseWrite’s Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth through Change. She won the 2013 Rash Award and the 2013 Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry.

“Congratulations to the winner for these powerful poems that recover the histories women lost to the violence of time and injustice. “Consumption” brings hard-won song to the women workers on the border for whom labor is a daily violence but whose resilience may be captured in such necessary lines.” Alison Hawthorne Deming

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Second Place: Evolution of the Whale and other poems, Kelly Vande Plasse
Third Place: The Early Journals of a Boy Raised by Wolves, Francisco Tirado
Poetry Finalists:
  • Linda Cooper
  • Fay Dillof
  • Andrea England
  • Eli Mandel
  • Kristi Moos
  • Kathryn Smith
  • Cindy Veach