The Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

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The Winners of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards.

In poetry, the winner is Emily Jungmin Yoon for her 2018 collection of poems, A CRUELTY SPECIAL TO OUR SPECIES (Ecco Press).

In fiction, the winner is Lucy Jane Bledsoe for her 2018 collection of a novella and stories, LAVA FALLS (University of Wisconsin Press).

In nonfiction prose, the winner is Bill Sullivan for his 2018 memoir, LEMON JAIL: ON THE ROAD WITH THE REPLACEMENTS (University of Minnesota Press).

One book of poetry, one book of fiction (novel or short fiction), and one book of prose nonfiction (memoir, essays, or literary nonfiction) were selected from submissions of titles published in 2018, and the winning authors receive an honorarium of $1000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2019 festival are October 23-25, 2019. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the two winners. Judges come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners were selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine.

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards 2020 Submission Guidelines (Submission period: December 1, 2019 through February 8, 2020)

Past Winners of the Devil's Kitchen Awards

2018 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Nicole Cooley (DK Established Poetry Reading Award)
Claudia Cortese (DK Debut Poetry Reading Award)
James Allen Hall (DK Prose Nonfiction Reading Award)
Bonnie J. Morris (DK Genre Fiction Reading Award)
Kayla Rae Whitaker (DK Literary Fiction Reading Award)

2017 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Brian Fanelli (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Alexander Weinstein (DK Fiction Reading Award)
Donna Kaz (DK Nonfiction Prose Reading Award)

2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Emily O’Neill (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Jacob M. Appel (DK Fiction Reading Award)
Michelle Hermann (DK Nonfiction Prose Reading Award)

2015 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

David Tomas Martinez (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Megan Milks (DK Fiction Reading Award)
Ben Tanzer (DK Nonfiction Prose Reading Award)

2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Steven D. Schroeder (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Victoria Redel (DK Prose Reading Award)

2013 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Stevie Edwards (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Mark Brazaitis (DK Prose Reading Award)

2012 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Katie Chaple (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Patricia Ann McNair (DK Prose Reading Award)

2011 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Alyson Hagy (DK Prose Reading Award)
Jerry Williams (DK Poetry Reading Award)

2010 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Jennine Capó Crucet (DK Prose Reading Award)
Rhett Iseman Trull (DK Poetry Reading Award)

2009 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

David Kirby (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Donald Ray Pollock (DK Prose Reading Award)

2008 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Josh Goldfaden (DK Prose Reading Award)
Jennifer Perrine (DK Poetry Reading Award)

2007 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Kerry Neville Bakken (DK Prose Reading Award)
James Kimbrell (DK Poetry Reading Award)

2006 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

Susanna Childress (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Amanda Filipacchi (DK Prose Reading Award)

2005 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award Winners

James Richardson (DK Poetry Reading Award)
Mary Troy (DK Prose Reading Award)

The Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards were first given for the 2005 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival. The awards were not given during the first three years of the festival: 2002, 2003, & 2004. The awards were the idea of Grassroots editors Matt Brown and Linsey Maughan, along with the MFA faculty of Southern Illinois Unversity Carbondale.

For further information, e-mail grassrootsmag@gmail.com or call 618-453-6833.