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Cover from Volume 59, No. 2 (Spring 1974). This photograph, "La Raza," was taken by William E. McRae.

Awards

The SWR offers awards for the best works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in the magazine. These awards are given by the editors and are not contests.


The McGinnis Ritchie Award

Robert F. Ritchie, who died in 1997, was a long-time and generous supporter of the Southwest Review. In 1960 he established the John H. McGinnis Memorial Award to honor the man who edited the Southwest Review from 1927 to 1943. With a bequest in his will, Mr. Ritchie enabled us to maintain the tradition of his generosity. Since 1998, the  McGinnis-Ritchie Award has been given annually to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published during the previous year in these pages. The awards consist of cash prizes of $500.

Marjorie Kemper
2009 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"Discovered America"
(Volume 94, number 4)

Marjorie Kemper passed away just before the issue’s release in November of 2009. Her short fiction most recently appeared in Louisiana Literature, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Sun; and she received an O. Henry Prize in 2003 for a story originally published in the Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, Until That Good Day, was published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, and before her death she completed a second novel, Between The Devil And Mississippi.

and

Jacob M. Appel
2009 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"Phoebe with Impending Frost"
(Volume 94, number 3)

Jacob M. Appel has published short fiction in more than eighty literary journals, including Agni, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Threepenny Review. His most recent stage play, The Replacement, has completed a run at the Intentional Theatre in Waterford, Connecticut. He teaches at New York University.

 

James Longenbach
2009 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Ezra Pound at Home"
(Volume 94, number 2)

James Longenbach is the author most recently of Draft of a Letter, a collection of poems, and The Art of the Poetic Line, essays on poetic craft. “Ezra Pound at Home” is based on a lecture delivered at Wabash College on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Pound’s brief tenure there.

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Seth Archer
2009 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"'I Had a Terror': Emily Dickinson's Demon"
(Volume 94, number 2)

Seth Archer is a graduate student in history at the University of California, Riverside. His essay “Reading the Riot Acts” appeared in Southwest Review Volume 91, No. 4 (2006).

 

The Stover Memorial Award

The Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award was established in 1978 by Jerry S. Stover of Dallas in memory of his mother, who was for many years a key member of the Southwest Review staff. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and is given to the author of the best poem published in the magazine during the preceding year.

Debora Greger
2009 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "The Ark in the Window"
(Volume 94, number 3)

Debora Greger's most recent book of poems, Men, Women, and Ghosts, was published by Penguin in 2008.

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John Talbot
2009 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "Horace, Odes 1.9 Vides ut alta stet"
(Volume 94, number 2)

John Talbot's first book of poems is The Well-Tempered Tantrum. His work has lately appeared in The Yale Review, The American Scholar, The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, and is forthcoming in The Norton Anthology of Greek Verse in Translation.


 


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