2016 Contest & Judges

Each year, three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are awarded to a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. We’d like to announce our judges for 2016.

Poetry Judge: Mathias Svalina
Fiction Judge: Molly Antopol
Nonfiction Judge: Elena Passarello

Submit four to eight pages of poetry, a short story of up to 6,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee. The contest will be open for submission from February 1st to May 1st. All entries are considered for publication.

We prefer online submissions (through Submittable), but if necessary send print submissions (with accompanying $15 check, no cash) to:
Sonora Review, Annual Contests, English Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

2015 Contest Winners

Sonora Review is proud to announce the winners of our 2015 Essay, Fiction, and Poetry contests. Each winner will receive $1000 and publication in SR Issue 68, forthcoming this August. The editors wish to thank all contestants for sharing their work with us as well as the judges for their generosity of time and spirit.  2016 contests will open in the spring.

2015 Essay Prize, Judged by Amy Leach

Winner: “Wings of Gasoline” by Kimberly Burwick

Finalists: “The Mathematics of Mud” by Rachel May; “Remainders | Found Inside My Mother” by Samantha Deal; “Calculating a Body” by Bryce Emley; “Bihar: Before 1980 and After” by Misha Rai; “Switchgear” by Matthew Weinkam; “Vision on Tunnel Road” by Landon Houle; “Cynosure, or, All The Minerals I Could Not Name” by Kimberly Burwick; “Haircut” by Katharine Monger.

2015 Fiction Prize, Judged by Stuart Dybek

Winner: “Grievers” by Angela Corbett

Finalists: “The Physics of Falling” by Barbara Ganley; “The Sweeper” by Stephanie Carpenter; “Twilight, PA, 1982” by Michael Pearce; “All Along the Hills” by Raul Palma; “Dead Man” by Elise Winn; “Goatsuckers” by Cassandra Powers; “Hand of the Heavenly” by Sam Martone; “Zev and Mendel” by Joshua Garfinkel; “The World Without Nan” by Elise Winn.

2015 Poetry Prize, Judged by Rusty Morrison

Winner: “Dreaming in Foreign” by Safiya Sinclair

Finalists: “Shift” by Erin Miller; “Dear Katie” by Emily Skaja; “Unlikely Design” and “Internal Reasons and the Obscurity of Blame” by Katie Willingham; Selections from “& Wings Made of Matchsticks” by Felicia Zamora; “aura: sylvia plath” by Liz Robbins; “Observe Me Full” by Khaty Xiong.

Congratulations to our 2013 & 2014 contest winners!

Sonora Review 2014 Essay Prize (judged by Jenny Boully): (1st) Corey Zeller (2nd) Shaelyn Smith (3rd) Julie Marie Wade & Denise Duhamel

Sonora Review 2014 Poetry Prize (judged by Eduardo Corral): (1st) Justin Carter (2nd) Michael Luis Dauro (3rd) Jess Poli

Sonora Review 2014 Fiction Prize (judged by Matt Bell): (1st) Rebeca Ladrón de Guevara (2nd) Niloo E. Sarabi (3rd) Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Sonora Review 2013 Essay Prize (judged by Dinty W. Moore): (1st) Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (2nd) Lia Woodall (3rd) Kelly Clancy

Sonora Review 2013 Short-Fiction Prize (judged by Ben Marcus): (1st) Michael Fidel Marquez (2nd) JoeAnn Hart (3rd) Lucas Church


    1. Hi Tracy! Sure, we’ll consider excerpts for the contest, as long as they’re part of a larger work that’s previously unpublished. Thanks for checking!

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