2015 Barthelme Prize

Congratulations to the 2015 Barthelme Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions Chosen by Steve Almond


Hugh Behm-Steinberg, "Taylor Swift"

2015 Barthelme Prize WinnerHugh Behm-Steinberg’s published work includes Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press), as well as three Dusie chapbooks, Sorcery, Good Morning! and The Sound of Music. His short prose can be found in The Fabulist, *82 Review, Gone Lawn and Gigantic. In 2012 his libretto, The Clever Wife, commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for its Opera to Go program, was performed in Houston area elementary schools. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and NEA creative writing fellowship recipient, he teaches writing at California College of the Arts, where he is a member of the non-ranked faculty collective bargaining team.

Honorable Mention

Nickole Brown, "The Deer"

Nickole Brown received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Her first collection, Sister, was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press, and Fanny Says came out from BOA Editions in 2015. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for four years until she gave up her beloved time in the classroom in hope of writing full time. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry and is on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference, the Writing Workshops in Greece, and the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State. She lives in Little Rock with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs.

Honorable Mention

Wes Wrobel, "Threeway"

2015 Barthelme Prize Honorable MentionWes Wrobel is originally from Chicagoland. He currently lives in Austin, TX.

Many thanks to all of our entrants! We look forward to reading more of your submissions. Got more work to send out? Pur regular submission period is open until September 1st. GC Online Exclusives accepts submissions year-round. Click to learn more on our submit page.