2016 awards guidelines

Please send your submissions via Submittable. The submission fee is $10, and includes a one-year subscription to Washington Square Review. The winners receive $500. Submissions are due by February 1, 2016.

Fiction: Judged by marie-helene bertino

Please submit one short story, up to 20 pages in length. Multiple entries require separate reading fees. The winner receives $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of Washington Square

This year's judge will be Marie-Helene Bertino. Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS is an NPR Best Book of 2014, and a Best Book of the Year at Flavorwire, Buzzfeed, Popsugar, The Kansas City Star, and others. Her collection of short stories SAFE AS HOUSES won The Iowa Short Fiction award and was published in October of 2012.  It was named an Outstanding Collection by The Story Prize, and was included in Top Ten Books of 2012 by Sean Carman at Huffington Post Books, The Library Journal and Largehearted Boy.

Flash Fiction and Non Fiction: judged by saïd sayrafiezadeh

Submissions may be fiction or non-fiction, but must not exceed 500 words. Multiple entries require separate reading fees. The winner receives $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of Washington Square

This year's judge will be Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. He is the author of the story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir,When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York TimesHe is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. 

Poetry: judged by natalie diaz

Please submit up to 3 poems, (maximum of 6 pages total). Multiple entries require separate reading fees. The winner receives $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of Washington Square.

This year's judge will be Natalie Diaz. Natalie Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the NarrativePoetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program.

2015 Award Winners

Washington Square Review is proud to announce the 2015 Washington Square Review Award recipients:

Fiction (selected by Jacinda Townsend): Justin Bendell, “Fire Complex”

Justin Bendell is a writer, editor, educator, and musician. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewMason’s RoadConfluencePrint-Oriented Bastards, and elsewhere. He earned a Wildlife Ecology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from Northern Arizona, and an MFA from Florida International University. A fiction editor forSliver of Stone Magazine, Justin resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Flash Fiction (selected by Tope Folarin): Melissa Sipin, “This First Breath”

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. Her work has appeared in GuernicaGlimmer Train StoriesPANKEleven ElevenHYPHEN580 SplitLantern ReviewFjords Review, and Kweli Journal, among others. Melissa co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on new Philippine myths forthcoming from Carayan Press (Winter 2015). Cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, she was the Community Engagement Fellow at Mills College and the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. As a VONA/Voices Fellow and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at Old Dominion University and is currently working on a novel.

Poetry (selected by Eduardo C. Corral): Sophie Klahr, “Summer Job”

Sophie Klahr’s poems, essays and reviews appear in PloughsharesThe RumpusGulf CoastB O D YSycamore ReviewLinebreak, and other publications. She is the author of the chapbook________ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books), and is a contributing editor at Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Los Angeles.

Big congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who participated!