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We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Cordell Larner Award in Fiction or Poetry, and the Lois C. Burner Award in Creative Nonfiction. The submissions were very competitive, and we regret having so few awards to give. Thank you for your submissions, and congratulations to all the recipients!

Lois C. Bruner Creative Nonfiction Award

#1 by Af Sanni’s “In Transition
#2 by Rebecca Gonner’s “Mirror Mirror, Fuck You
#3 by Sarah Radtke’s “untitled”

Megan Stielstra (judge) is the author of three books: The Wrong Way To Save Your Life (forthcoming August 2017 from Harper Perennial), Once I Was Cool (Curbside Splendor 2014), and Everyone Remain Calm (ECW/Joyland 2011). Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Guernica, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, and on National Public Radio. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

Cordell Larner Award in Fiction

#1 by Allen Dullen’s “After the Fire”
#2 by Cheyenne Rideaux’s “Neverland
#3 by Matt Gamperl’s “Yawning pines

Laura Pritchett (judge) is the author of nine books. She began her writing journey in her early 20s with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour. She’s the editor of three anthologies: Pulse of the RiverHome Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. She also has two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death, Kind Of (due out Sept 2017). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Millions, Publisher’s Weekly, The Sun, Brain, Child, and many others. www.laurapritchett.com 

Cordell Larner Award in Poetry

#1 Allison Hartman’s “We Grew Up“, “Scarred
#2 Rachel Troyer’s “My Lost Friend“, “silly sparkling teenaged vampires
#3 Natalie Jacobson

Larry Jones (judge). Publications and Prizes include the collections, We Become a Picnic: Selected Poems 1971-1983, Troubadour (CUNY, 2005) (Venom Press, 1994) Anthologies: ANYDSWPE Anthology Series (Rogue Scholars Press, 2014), Crossroads (Ikon Press, 1994), Downtown Poets 1999 (Montclair Takilma Publishing, 1999). He’s been published in magazines such as Perspecties and The Opiate and he has been the CUNYarts Fellow in 2005.