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The 2016 Editors' Awards Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our 2015 Editors' Awards. Winners receive $1,000 and publication in TFR 40.1. Finalists work is published in the same issue.

  • First place in poetry: Paige Lewis for "Angel, Overworked"
  • First place in fiction: Derek Palacio for "Kisses"
  • First place in creative nonfiction: Rebekah Taussig for "I Called Mine Beautiful"
  • Finalist in poetry: Donna Coffey for "Sunset Cruise at Key West"
  • Finalist in poetry: Christina Hammerton for "Old Pricks"
  • Finalist in fiction: Nicholas Lepre for "Pretend You're Really Here"
  • Finalist in fiction: Terrence Manning, Jr., for "Vision House"
  • Finalist in creative nonfiction: Robert Stothart for "Nighthawks"

2017 Editors' Awards

The Florida Review is pleased to announce the guidelines for the 2017 Editors' Awards in fiction, essay, and poetry. For more information, write flreview@ucf.edu.

Final Judges:



Monday, March 31, 2017



  • First Place winner in each genre: Publication and $1000
  • One or more finalists in each genre: Publication


  • For prose, submit up to 25 pages (double-spaced word doc or pdf)
  • For poetry, submit up to 5 poems (word doc or pdf)
  • This is a blind-read contest. The manuscript should have only the title(s) – not the writer's name or other identifying information on any page
  • Submit a cover sheet that includes the manuscript title(s) and the writer's name, email address, phone number, and mailing address
  • Entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription to The Florida Review
  • All submissions will be considered for publication
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine if withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere
  • Submissions accepted until midnight on March 31, 2016
  • Submit here to The Florida Review


  • First place in poetry: Christine Poreba for “Negative Miracle”
  • First place in fiction: Matthew Lansburgh for “The Lure”
  • First place in creative nonfiction: Melanie Thorne for “What We Keep”
  • Finalist in poetry: Rachel Flynn for “America, February”
  • Finalist in fiction: Jacob Appel for “The Dragon Declension”
  • Finalist in fiction: Miriam Cohen for “Recess Brides”
  • Finalist in creative nonfiction: Carol Smith for “Tearing Down the House”


  • Fiction Winner: Scott Winokur, "Bristol, Boy"
    • Fiction Finalist: Mary Hutchings, "When Walls Weep"
    • Fiction Finalist: Lones Seiber for "Death in the Aegean"
    • Essay Finalist: Thomas Gibbs, "Beseme Mucho"
    • Essay Finalist: Stacey Parker Le Melle, "Tonight We Are the Americans"
    • Poetry Winner: Mary Obropta, "Resonance," "Burnt," and "Albino Dolphins"
    • Poetry Finalist: Benjamin Busch, "Sound Wave"
    • Poetry Finalist: Emma Hine, "Big Game"
    • Poetry Finalist: Michael Collins, "Nightmare of Intercourse with Lightning"
    • Poetry Finalist: Angela Belcaster, "Calving in the Ice Storm" and "Lying Low so the Gods Won’t Notice"


  • Fiction Winner: Dan Reiter
    • "All Your First Born"
  • Fiction Finalist: Rachel Borup
    • "Crash"
  • Essay Winner: Elisabeth Lanser-Rose
    • "Turnpike Psycho"
  • Essay Finalist: Tanya Bomsta
    • "Traditions"
  • Poetry Winner: John Blair
    • "Dirt"
      "And Yet It Moves"
      "A Lesser Poet"
  • Poetry Finalist: Tanya Grae
    • "Verbal Abuse"
      "Cage Sonnet" and
      "Like Darwin's Finches"


  • Essay Prize: Jean Harper (Uniondale, IN)
    • "Colic"
  • Essay Finalist: Mike Smith (Albuquerque, NM)
    • "Some Thoughts on LeeAnne"
  • Fiction Prize: Randolph Thomas (Baton Rogue, LA)
    • "Dispensations"
  • Fiction Finalist: Christine Nicolai (Spokane, WA)
    • "Thank you, Jesus"
  • Poetry Prize: Mike Schneider (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • "Skin"
    • "Flight to Yucatan"
    • "Sleeplessness"
  • Poetry Finalist: Jane Satterfield (Baltimore, MD)
    • "Her Familiars"
    • "Why I Won't Attend My Sister-in-Law's 'For Your Pleasure Party'"


  • Fiction Prize: Renato Escudero
    • "Barrio de mi Corazón"
  • Fiction Finalist: Kyle Michael Sullivan
    • "Desert Land"
  • Nonfiction Prize: Christopher Dickens
    • "Resurrections"
  • Nonfiction Finalist: Tim Bascom
    • "Checkpoint"
  • Poetry Prize: Laura Read
    • "The Goose Girl"
    • "A Woman Was Raped Here"
    • "For the Bible Tells Me So"
  • Poetry Finalist: Timothy Geiger
    • "Animal Soul"
    • "Babicka"
    • "Spells and Prayers


  • Fiction Prize: Gregg Cusick
    • “Clay Pigeons”
  • Fiction Finalist: Belea T. Keeney
    • “Out of Joint”
  • Nonfiction Prize: Barrie Jean Borich
    • “American Doll”
  • Nonfiction Finalist: Ron Tanner
    • “Doodler”
  • Poetry Prize: Michael White
    • “View of Delft”


  • Fiction Prize: Fred Setterberg
    • "Catechism"
  • Fiction Finalist: Steven Gehrke
    • "The Terraformation of Mars"
  • Nonfiction Prize: Deborah Thompson
    • "Buying Time"
  • Nonfiction Finalist: Christine Gelineau
    • "Cops"
  • Poetry Prize: Emily Van Kley
    • "Before Ghosts"
    • "Last of the Month"
    • "Vital Signs"
  • Poetry Finalist: Susan Rich
    • "Facing 50 with a Line by Robert Hayden"
    • "For My Student, Who Would Prefer to Remain Anonymous"


  • Fiction Prize: Julie Lekstrom Himes
    • "Packing Boxes"
  • Nonfiction Prize: Farnoosh Moshiri
    • "Walking on Thorns"
  • Poetry Prize: Maya Jewell Zeller
    • "Astoria"
    • "Mascara"


  • Grace Danborn
    • “I Catch a Colander at a Menses Celebration”
    • “The Social Worker Books a Flight Home”
    • “Learning Borealis”
    • “What is Normal”
    • “Break Up”
  • Joseph Levens
    • “Critical Cartography”
  • Kate Myers Hanson
    • “There's a Child Living in This House”


  • Dilruba Ahmed
    • “Fever”
    • “Mojlishpur”
    • “Clear Water”
  • CB Anderson
    • “River Talk”
  • Lee Reilly
    • “Better Homes & Losses”
Scott Winokur
Scott Winokur

Scott Winokur won The Chariton Review’s 2013 fiction contest, judged by Jaimy Gordon, BOMB Magazine’s 2009 fiction contest, judged by Jonathan Lethem (published in the spring 2010 issue), and was a prize winner in the 2006 Summer Literary Seminars competition, judged by Margaret Atwood (published in the 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology). He has a story in the 2014 edition of Cooweescoowee. His work also has been honored in the Nimrod/Katherine Anne Porter, Bridport, Dana, Mighty River, Lamar Yorke, and Lorian Hemingway competitions. A resident of Berkeley, California, Winokur formerly was an award-winning reporter and columnist for three Bay Area newspapers, the Examiner, Chronicle, and Tribune. He has degrees in English from the Binghamton and Buffalo campuses of the State University of New York.

Dan Reiter
Allie Rowbottom.jpg

Allie Rowbottom is a yoga teacher, a world champion equestrienne and a contributing member to Self Actualization, a transphysical art space. She received her MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Art and is a fourth year PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston where she also teaches.

Elisabeth Lanser-Rose
Mary Obropta

Mary Obropta grew up in Belford, NJ, where for several Bicentennial-inspired years, her schooling involved making far too many Colonial era crafts. She hand set her first poem using moveable type on a miniature press, ready for mass production. Thankfully, no copies survive. After attending Lehigh University, she went on to graduate from SUNY Buffalo, where she edited Kiosk, A Magazine of New Writing. Her work has appeared in Antietam Review, Puerto del Sol, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, North Atlantic Review, Cream City Review, Buffalo Spree, and other magazines. She currently lives in Philadelphia.

Dan Reiter
Dan Reiter

Dan Reiter's last name is derived from the German word for horseman. In the sixteenth century, Reiters rode the countryside around Schwarzburg in black armor and capes, appointed with wheel-lock pistols and long swords. Later, the term came to mean loosely, "mercenary knight." The proper pronunciation is "writer," though people often vocalize it as "reader." Dan does not correct them. He lives in Cocoa Beach.

Elisabeth Lanser-Rose
Joh Blair

Lisa Lanser-Rose drove the Turnpike while getting her MFA at Penn State, and then made it safely to Florida, where she writes, teaches, and runs with her Border Collie. She is the author of the novel Body Sharers (Rutgers University Press) and the memoir For the Love of a Dog (Crown Publishing). Body Sharers placed among the top-five finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel, The Washington Prize for Fiction, and an excerpt for the AWP Intro Awards. Recent essays and stories have appeared in Superstition Review, The Tampa Review Online, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and Ascent Literary Magazine.

John Blair
John Blair

John Blair was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1961.  His poetry collection, The Occasions of Paradise was published by the University of Tampa press in 2012, and his first book of poems, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press.  His short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.  He also has two novels from Ballantine/Del Rey, Bright Angel and A Landscape of Darkness, and has poems & stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere.  He is on the faculty at Texas State University, where he teaches American Literature and directs the undergraduate creative writing program.

Jean Harper - Uniondale, IN
Jean Harper
Randolph Thomas - Baton Rouge, LA
Randolph Thomas
Mike Schneider - Pittsburgh, PA
Mike Schneider
Fred Setterberg
Fred Setterberg
Deborah Thompson
Deborah Thompson

Deborah Thompson, a Florida native, now lives in the foothills of Colorado, where she is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University. She has published numerous essays in literary criticism and creative nonfiction in venues ranging from African American Review to The BARk magazine to Calyx to Fourth Genre, and is the winner in the nonfiction category of the 2008 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize.

Christine Gelineau
Christine Gelineau

Christine Gelineau's essays, poems, and reviews have appeared widely. Her latest book, Appetite for the Devine will be published by Ashland Poetry Press in April, 2010. Gelineau is the Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University and she also teaches in the low-residency MA/MFA at Wilkes University.

Emily Van Kley
Emily van Kley

Emily Van Kley was raised in Upper Michigan, but now makes her home in Olympia, Washington, where she works at a collective food coop, gardens the vacant lot next to her apartment, writes, and gripes about the rain. She holds an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane and this year her poems have received honorable mention for the Joy Harjo and Oberon poetry prizes. Her fiction has appeared in The Republic of Letters and Faultline.

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