Announcing 20th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Winners

Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Arts & Letters Prizes in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry!

Winners receive $1000 and publication in the upcoming Fall 2018 issue of Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction:

R. M. Kinder, “A Common Person”

Judge: Melissa Pritchard

“I found much to admire in ‘A Common Person.’ The story’s clever premise, the crosscurrents of humor and suspense in a well-paced narrative, the quiet, sophisticated use of language, and above all, the author’s compassionate but fierce portrayal of a woman who finds her life turned upside down because of a flippant online comment rescinded seconds too late. What ensues…brilliantly depicts the vague, ominous sense of surveillance under which we all live today.”

Finalist: Antonia Angress, “Pilgrim”


Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction:

Megan Harlan, “Mobile Home”

Judge: Joni Tevis

“I appreciated the writer’s skillful weaving of personal narrative, architectural history, place detail, and Wizard of Oz material, and I found the narrator’s voice to be clear and compelling throughout.”

Finalists: Bettye Kearse, “Visiting”; Jill Logan, “The People’s Exhibit”; and Keith S. Wilson, “Parable of the Lobster”


Rumi Prize for Poetry:

Keith S. Wilson, “letter begun to my future niece” and “Long Tail”

Judge: Alfred Corn

“Invention, passion, subtlety, thought, melody: these are the qualities I look for in poetry, and they are all found in Keith Wilson’s poems. Congratulations to him.”

Finalists: Jennifer Elmore, Justin Hunt, Mariana Lin, and Brandon Rushton


Many congratulations to all of our winners and finalists. 2019 Prize submissions will open in February. Look out for the announcement of the winner of the Drama Prize soon!

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