The 2018 Gulf Coast Prize
Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Gulf Coast Prizes
"Rules of Engagement" by Mi-Kyung Shin
"The Bridge" by Pankaj Challa
"Cocodrie" by Anna Marschalk-Burns
From the judge, Joshua Ferris:
"There were several stand-outs in the many stories I read for Gulf Coast's Prize in Fiction for 2018. I liked especially 'Cocodrie' for its unsparing account of the challenges of motherhood when adulthood alone is enough to contend with. The runner-up of this year's prize is 'The Bridge,' for its playful, Chekhovian account of a migrant in a hostile land, its gentle sense of humor and its great animating energy on behalf of those who live hungry, poor and self-sabotaging.
Mi-Kyung Shin grew up in South Korea, Switzerland, and the US. She works as a translator and an editor. Currently, she lives in New York City. She earned her MFA in Writing from Columbia University.
“Church Board Interrogations” by Josh Tvrdy
"Drowning" by Sara Fetherolf
"Self Portrait as Daughter Stuffed with a Sack of Pomegranates” by Osel Jessica Plante
"Blessed Be the Longing that Brought You Here" by Jessie van Eerden
"Trash Honey" by Christine Adams
"Juglans Nigra" by Dawn Newton
From the judge, Lacy M. Johnson:
Jessie van Eerden is author of two novels, Glorybound (WordFarm, 2012), winner of the Foreword Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize, and My Radio Radio (Vandalia Press, 2016), as well as the essay collection The Long Weeping (Orison Books, 2017), winner of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the essay category. Her work has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, Willow Springs, and other publications. Jessie holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and directs the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.