2019 Contest Winners

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2019 contest winners!

1st Place - Samuel Bakker, "Requiem to a Ghost"
2nd Place - Brendan Todt, "His Future on a Clothesline"
Honorable Mention - Emily Cote, "Mostly Garbage"

This year's contest prompt was "on a clothesline." Contest Participants had 3 hours on site to write a story in which this prompt figures prominently. Our judges selected winners using a blind judging process (no contestant identifying information was included on story submissions).

Leah McCormack is an Assistant Professor of English at USD. Her stories have appeared in New England Review, Prairie Fire, Fiction, Redivider, North Dakota Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, The Portland Review, and South Dakota Review. She has her PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, City University of New York. 

K.S. Phillips is working on his Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota. He has an MFA from Louisiana State University and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Minnesota. His fiction and essays have appeared in a variety of publications. His novel, The Mother of Dust, was finalist for novel-in-progress at the Words and Music Literary Festival in New Orleans.

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians (Milkweed Editions 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin 1999). A fifth volume, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2018. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

duncan b. barlow is the author of A Dog Between Us, The City, Awake, Of Flesh and Fur, and Super Cell Anemia. His fiction has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, The Collagist, Banango Street, The Apeiron Review, Calamari Press, and Meat for Tea. He is Publisher at Astrophil Press and the managing editor at South Dakota Review. Before teaching, duncan played in punk and indie bands, releasing over 25 records and touring North America and Europe. His latest record, Colony Colapse, is a dream pop lp about loss.