Contest and Judges

 2017 Contests

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 2017.

Poetry Judge: Anselm Berrigan
Fiction Judge: Brian Evenson
Nonfiction Judge: Irina Dumitrescu

You may submit four to eight pages of poetry, up to 6,000 words of fiction, or an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee through submittable. The contest will be open for submission from February 1st to April 1st. All entries are considered for publication.

Former Contest Winners


Sonora Review 2016 Essay Prize (judged by Elena Passarello): (winner) Danielle Zaccagnino (1st runner-up) LaTanya McQueen (2nd runner-up) Clinton Peters

Sonora Review 2016 Fiction Prize (judged by Molly Antopol): (winner) Sean Gill (1st runner-up) Laura Legge (2nd runner-up) Jess Arndt

Sonora Review 2016 Poetry Prize (judged by Mathias Svalina): (winner) Renia White (1st runner-up) Jennifer Givhan (2nd runner-up) Mary Block


Sonora Review 2015 Essay Prize (judged by Amy Leach): (1st) Kimberly Burwick (finalists) Rachel May, Samantha Deal, Bryce Emley, Misha Rai, Matthew Weinkam, Landon Houle, Kimberly Burwick, Katharine Monger.

Sonora Review 2015 Fiction Prize (judged by Stuart Dybek): (1st) Angela Corbett (finalists)  Barbara Ganley, Stephanie Carpenter, Michael Pearce, Raul Palma, Elise Winn, Cassandra Powers, Sam Martone, Joshua Garfinkel

Sonora Review 2015 Poetry Prize (judged by Rusty Morrison): (1st) Safiya Sinclair (finalists) Erin Miller, Emily Skaja, Katie Willingham, Felicia Zamora, Liz Robbins, Khaty Xiong


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

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    • 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 Sure, we’ll consider excerpts for the contest, as long as they’re part of a larger work that’s previously unpublished.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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