2012 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner and Judge:
Winner: Josie Sigler Sibara's "The Compartment"
Honorable Mentions: John Longo's "The Only Thing We Argue About Is Time Travel" and Emma Eisenberg's "There was"
Judged by: Ander Monson
2012 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Geetha Iyer's "The Glass-World Builder," selected by Victor LaValle
Honorable Mention: Ashley Chamber's "You Will Make Several Relaxing Cuts"
and Delaney Nolan's "We Shall Fill Our House With Spoil"
Nonfiction: Emily Watson's "Sweetie, Sweetie," selected by Jenny Boully
Honorable Mention: Christiana Louisa Langenberg's "Foiled"
and Gina Troisi's "Wrapped Up in Skin, Hidden Behind Eyes"
Poetry: Lo Kwa Mei-en's "Pinnochia on Fire," selected by Joyelle McSweeney
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Militello's "Autobiography with God Complex and Epidemic" and
Melissa Barrett's "The Great Die-Up"
2011 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner and Judge:
Winner: Erica Olsen's "Grand Canyon II"
Honorable Mentions: Sonja Vitow's "Master Bedroom" and Paul Zaic's "Why I Became a Fireman"
Judged by: Sarah Manguso
2011 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Brian Van Reet's "The Window," selected by Frederick Reiken
Honorable Mention: Cara Blue Adams's "At the Gates" and Sue Staats's "No Hero, No Sharks"
Nonfiction: Arianne Zwartjes's "The Suturing of Wounds or Words," selected by John D'Agata
Honorable Mention: Laura Hartenberger's "Three Tales of the Extraordinary" and Daisy Pitkin's
Poetry: Amaranth Borsuk's "A New Vessel," selected by Ilya Kaminsky
Honorable Mention: Allison Hutchcraft's "Lampshade Cue Stick Acrobat Dust"
and Carrie Chappell's "[Silver & I in the yellow kitchen, cruel in paper]"
2010 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner and Judge:
Winner: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram's "Animals Do Not Commit Delusional Acts"
Honorable Mentions: Benjamin Glass's "Tennessee Apology" and Robert Thomas's "Picnic"
Judged by: Joe Bonomo
2010 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Sara Batkie's "Cleavage," selected by Thisbe Nissen
Honorable Mention: Janet Hilliard-Osborn's "Easter, 1954"
Nonfiction: Judith Kroll's "Happy Families," selected by Eula Biss
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Maistros' "Woman of the Year: A Gay Man's Meditation on Marriage"
Poetry: Anne Marie Rooney's "Flower Sonnet," selected by Mark Doty
Honorable Mention: Farah Marklevits' "Newborn"
2009 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner and Judge:
Winner: Matthew Yeager's "Property of Alvin Flover," a prose poem
Honorable Mentions: Tracy Guzeman's "Einstein" and Joseph Holt's "Your Nightmare", both fiction
Judged by: Mary Robison
2009 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Dana Kinstler's "Bird in My Throat," selected by Antonya Nelson
Honorable Mentions: Rashad Harrison's "Agavé,"
Dionne Irving's "The Gifts," and Lee Strickland's "Same Day Siblings"
Nonfiction: Kelly Blikre's "On Our Skin," selected by Dinty W. Moore
Honorable Mention: Sara Lieber's "Poser"
Poetry: Patricia Murphy's "Why I Burned Down Namdaemun Gate," selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Honorable Mention: Robert Thomas's "Salt, Towel, Knife"
2008 Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner and Judge:
Winner: Kevin Allardice's "Dominoes," lyric essay
Honorable Mention: Anne Ray's "We Rode Around," fiction
Judged by: Beckian Fritz Goldberg
2008 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Sarah Cornwell's "Boyland," selected by Jennifer Egan
Honorable Mention: Cara Oleka's "Tiny Dancer"
Nonfiction: Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel's "Kisha Club," selected by Rubén Martínez
Poetry: Jonathan Rice's "Inheritance," selected by Natasha Trethewey
2007 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen's "The Other Woman," selected by Sigrid Nunez
Nonfiction: Jane Ashley's "from the book of concealed hearts," selected by Eula Biss
Poetry: Jennifer Elmore's "Incoherent Flash Panorama," selected by Terrance Hayes
Honorable Mention: Sam Witt's "Agony Cast"
2006 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Steven Wingate's "Beaching It," selected by Antonya Nelson
Honorable Mentions: Suzanne Kehde's "Out of the Blue" and Matthew Modica's
Nonfiction: Carlos Cunha's "On Places Wasted by Speed," selected by John D'Agata
Honorable Mentions: Ryan Rase McCray's "Lying Down" and Julie Wade's "Wishbone"
Poetry: Tyler Caroline Mills's "Nagasaki," selected by Eavan Boland
Honorable Mentions: Leslie McGrath's "Ram's Horn and Citron, Tinder and Carillon" and
Frances Richey's "Christmas Dinner With My Son in Arlington Heights"
2005 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Christian A. Winn's "The Dirtiest Hamburger in the World," selected by Justin Cronin
Honorable Mentions: Michael Kardos's "One Last Good Time" and Nam Le's "Escape"
Nonfiction: John Medeiros's "One Sentence," selected by Wayne Koestenbaum
Honorable Mention: Ruth Gila Berger's "Returning"
Poetry: Richard Wollman's "Relativity in America, 1936," selected by Susan Howe
Honorable Mentions: Stefi Weisburd's "Drafting on Robert Haas Writing His Mother's
Nipples" and Justin Petropoulos's "amid the tulip-bulbed confluence of vengeful
2004 Gulf Coast Prize Winners and Judges:
Fiction: Dominic Smith's "The Projectionist"
Honorable Mentions: Carrie Cogan's "Birthday Boy" and Natalie Serber's "Plum Tree"
Nonfiction: Julie Wade's "Black Fleece"
Honorable Mentions: Oona Patrick's "Timeline: A Memoir" and Wendy Sanford's
Poetry: Thomas Heise's "Horror Vacui"
Honorable Mentions: Erica Bernheim's "Dear Baby, Love Here is Cornfed" and Bobbi
Lurie's "Traveling North"