John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
by Rashad Hosein
Rashad Hosein is a Trinidadian author. Twice shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, he was also a finalist for the BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Award and has been previously longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Prize and the V.S. Pritchett Prize as well.
Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction
“An Incomplete Dictionary of Words That Make Me Think About My Body as I Try Not to Relapse”
by Kirsten Reneau
Kirsten Reneau graduated from the University of New Orleans with her MFA in creative nonfiction. Her work has been featured in The Threepenny Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, and others.
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry
“Aphorism 33: Life is a Flame That Burns Itself Out”
by John Blair
John Blair has published six books, most recently Playful Song Called Beautiful (University of Iowa Press, 2016), as well as poems and stories in The Colorado Review, Poetry, New Letters, Reed Magazine, and elsewhere. His seventh book, The Aphelion Eclogues, is forthcoming this summer from Main Street Rag Press.
Mary Blair Award for Art
by Caroline Dejeneffe
Caroline Dejeneffe is an award-winning artist from Paris, France. She has widely exhibited her work and has been involved in festivals in Europe and North America, including at Fonderie Darling in Montréal; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Collect at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.