Past Winners

Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel

2012: Tony Rogers, The Execution of Richard Sturgis, As Told by His Son, Colin

2013: Susan V. Meyers, Failing the Trapeze

Vern Cowles Poetry Chapbook Prize

2013: "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window" by Jeffrey Bean 

 

Mighty River Short Story Contest

2013: Catherine Browder, Missouri, "The Canine Cure"
  To be published in Big Muddy 14.1

2012: Jessica Weatherford, Texas, "Lure"
  Published in Big Muddy 13.1.

2011: Scott Kauffman, California, "Cat Dance"
    Published in Big Muddy 12.1.

2010: Kathleen Knutsen Rowell, California "The Resolution"
    Published in Big Muddy 11.1.

2009: Kel Munger, California "Missus Finn"
    Published in Big Muddy 10.1.

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

2013: Robert Garner McBrearty, "What Happened To Laura?"
   To be published in Big Muddy 14.1

2012: Anna Dizack, Arizona, "Inheritance"
   Published in Big Muddy 13.1.

2011: Patrick Finney, Missouri, "Attending a Wake Filled with Strangers"
    Published in Big Muddy 12.1.

2010: Natalie Hamm DeVaull, New York "In the Kitchen"
    Published in Big Muddy 11.1.

2009: Erica Lehrer, Texas "Facets"
    Published in Big Muddy 10.1.

Vern Cowles Prize for a Trinity of Poems

2013: Debbie Benson, New York, "After My Father Died," "Our Common Fever," "On Dualism"
     To be published in The Cape Rock, 41.2.

Copperdome Chapbook Contest

2012: Terry Lucas, If They Have Ears to Hear

2011: Bern Mulvey, Character Readings

2010: Jessica Daigle, Always After Our Fall

2009: James Crews, What Has Not Yet Left

2008: Jenn Habel, In the Little House

2007: Matthew Nienow, Two Sides of the Same Thing

2006: Roy Bentley, Strange Privacies

2005: Michael Meyerhofer, Cardboard Urn