MFA Prizes in Poetry and Prose
Every spring the UMSL MFA program recognizes distinguished student work by awarding the MFA Prize in Poetry and the MFA Prize in Fiction. During the years we offer a MFA Creative Non-fiction Workshop, we also award an MFA Prize in Creative Non-Fiction. Nominations for the prose competition are made by teachers of that year's workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction. The poetry competition is open to all MFA students who have taken a poetry workshop in the preceding year; the call for poetry submissions occurs early in the spring semester. The judging is blind. The judges for these awards are well-regarded and well-published fiction writers, journalists and poets, most of whom reside in other parts of the country. The award results are announced in late March. The winners receive $100 and are honored at the annual English alumni party in the spring.
Recent winners are listed below.
2013 Prize Winners
Fiction: Lauren Wiser, Sleeping With Insects
runner-up: Tina Shen, Pandora's Box
Poetry: Ryan Smith, Your Hunger Sure and Safe
runner-up: Matthew Freeman, Five Poems of Restoration
2012 Prize Winners
Poetry: Ryan Smith, Shadow Taxidermy
runner-up: Adam Hayward, Blood orange
Fiction: Lindsay Shadwell, The Guest
Creative Non-fiction: Scott Morgan, Double-Shift
runner-up: Katherine Mitchell, Watermark
2011 Prize Winners
Poetry: Amanda Wynn won the James Russell Grant Memorial prize in poetry; Raymond Holmes and Kelli Allen were both runner-up.
Fiction: Lindsay Shadwell won the graduate prize in fiction; Anna Eggemeyer was
2010 Prize Winners
Poetry: Joe Betz won the James Russell Grant Memorial prize in poetry; Raymond Holmes was the runner-up.
Fiction: Eric Primm won the graduate prize in fiction.
2009 Prize Winners
Poetry: Tim Leach won the James Russell Grant poetry award given to an MFA student (the first time this award has been presented).
Fiction: Julianne Bartlett and Rebecca Brown-Gregory tied for first place.
Creative Nonfiction: Winner, Leeli Davidson, and Amanda Wynn, runner-up.
2008 Prize Winners
Poetry: O. Ayes (winner); Andrew Pryor and Capuchina Taylor (runners-up)
Fiction: Inda Schaenen and Angela Mitchell-Phillips (co-winners)
2007 Prize Winners
Poetry: Jaime Wood (winner)
Fiction: Inda Schaenen (winner)
2006 Prize Winners
Poetry: Robert Lowes (winner)
Fiction: Susan LaBrier (winner)
Essay: Seth Raab (winner)
2005 Prize Winners
Poetry: Robert Lowes (winner); Nancy Powers (runner-up)
Fiction: Marie Goyette (winner)
Essay: Rebecca Pastor (winner)
2004 Prize Winners
Poetry: Eve Jones (winner); Brian Lindsey (runner-up)
Fiction: Reggie Poche (winner); Patti Smith Jackson (runner-up)
Essay: Colleen McKee (winner)
2003 Prize Winners
Poetry: Colleen McKee (winner)
Fiction: Trysh Brown (winner)
2002 Prize Winners
Poetry: Allison Creighton (winner); John Ryan, Amy Debrecht (runners-up)
Prose: Jim Mense (winner); Jim Morice (runner-up)
2001 Prize Winners
Poetry: Amy Branch (winner), Melissa Gurley Bancks (runner-up)
Prose: Frank Watson
2000 Prize Winners
Poetry: Matthew Schmeer
Prose: Angela Hamilton
1999 Prize Winners
Poetry: Amy Debrecht (winner), Elaine Dempsey (runner-up)
Prose: Janet Goddard
1998 Prize Winners
Poetry: Tamara Myers
Prose: C.B. Adams, Linda Wendling (co-winners)