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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.

Christopher Mohar
2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"The Five Points of Performance"
(Volume 95, number 4)

Christopher Mohar is the 2009-10 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches creative writing and is working on his first novel, entitled Beta Farm. He co-teaches a writing workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institute, and has previously been a metallurgical engineer, a literacy tutor, a busboy, and a legal assistant’s assistant.

and

H. E. Francis
2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"About Love"
(Volume 95, number 4)

H. E. Francis is the author of seven collections of stories, two novels, and over two hundred stories in American and foreign magazines. His work has frequently been anthologized, notably in the O. Henry, Best American, and Pushcart volumes. He translates selected Argentine writers and divides his time between Huntsville, Alabama, and Madrid, Spain.

 

Jennifer Clarvoe
2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Half-Lives and Vanishing Points: Carpaccio's Hunting on the Lagoon"
(Volume 95, number 1 & 2)

Jennifer Clarvoe received the 2002-2003 Rome Prize in Literature. Her book of poems, Invisible Tender, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Award. She teaches at Kenyon College.

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Jeff Dolven
2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Styles of Disjunction"
(Volume 95, number 1 & 2)

Jeff Dolven teaches Renaissance literature at Princeton University; his first book, Scenes of Instruction, is about poetry and pedagogy in the sixteenth century. He is now at work on a new project tentatively entitled Reading for the Style. His poems have appeared in the Southwest Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere.

 

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.

Martha Serpas
2010 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "Humas"
(Volume 95, number 4)

Martha Serpas's newest collection is The Dirty Side of the Storm (W. W. Norton). Her most recent poems appear in The New Yorker and Christianity and Literature. Other work is included in Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image and in the Library of America’s American Religious Poems. A part-time hospital trauma chaplain, she teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

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Jackie Osherow
2010 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "At Peter Behren's House (Matildenhohe, Darmstadt)"
(Volume 95, number 4)

Jackie Osherow's sixth collection of poems, Whitehorn, is forthcoming from lsu Press. She’s been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the nea, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She’s Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah.

 

To view the 2007 award winners, click here.

To view the 2008 award winners, click here.

To view the 2009 award winners, click here.
 


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