John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
“Falling in Parts”
by Alex Gulis
Alex Gulis is an emerging writer based in Kansas City. He studied creative writing, sculpture, and gender studies at Rhodes College, where he discovered his passion for using the arts as a means of queer self-examination. His work draws from our persistent human need for mutual warmth, home, and touch.
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry
“Preemptive Elegy for a Job and my Dad”
by Scott Bade
Scott Bade earned his PhD at Western Michigan University (WMU). He teaches at Kalamazoo College and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and is the coordinator of the WMU Center for the Humanities. His chapbook My Favorite Thing About Desire was a co-winner of the 2018 Celery City Chapbook Contest.
Mary Blair Award for Art
“Wait for a Smile”
by Q’shaundra James
Q’shaundra James is a local Las Vegas artist. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and fine art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has been exhibited at the Untitled Space Gallery and Main Street Arts. Q’shaundra participated in the Las Vegas Rouge Project. She also studied in Italy.
Emerging Voices Contest
by Tvisha Gupta
Tvisha Gupta is a sophomore at Monta Vista High School. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, playing piano, exercising, and coding. One of Tvisha’s biggest goals is to publish a book, and she also wishes to move to New York City to pursue her dream of being a writer.