Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Congratulations to the 2017 Barthelme Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions Chosen by Roxane Gay! 

The 2018 Barthelme Prize will be judged by Laura van den Berg. Submissions are now open on our online submissions manager

2017 Winner

D.J. Thielke, "Pedro"

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DJ Thielke's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in EPOCH,
Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review,
Mid-American Review,
 Bat City Review, and Crazyhorse, among others.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University's MFA program, where she was
Editor-in-Chief of the Nashville Review, her fellowships include
the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute
for Creative Writing and the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction
at Colgate University. You can read more of her work at

Honorable Mention

Lishani Ramanayake, "The Things We Could Not Say"

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Lishani Ramanayake is a final year Literature student at Yale-NUS College.
She calls both Sri Lanka and Singapore home.


Honorable Mention

Eric Schlich, "Sunscreen"

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Eric Schlich’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review,
Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Electric Literature,
Redivider, and he teaches at SUNY Fredonia.

Many thanks to all of the 2017 entrants! We look forward to reading your submissions for the 2018 prize, judged by Laura van den Berg. See our online submissions manager for more details. 

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Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931–July 23, 1989) was an American author known for his playful, postmodernist style of short fiction. Barthelme also worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Post, was managing editor of Location magazine, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1961–1962), co-founder of Fiction (with Mark Mirsky and the assistance of Max and Marianne Frisch), and a professor at various universities. He also was one of the original founders of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.