2017 Poetry & Prose Contest Winners!

To all Glass Mountain readers and friends, the 2017 Poetry and Prose Contest has come to an end. Our esteemed judges have declared winners, although one category has an unprecedented TWO winners this time around.

In nonfiction, judged by Kim Meyer, the winner is “Magical Boy with Bleeding Guts” by Alexander Castro.

For poetry, judged by Martha Serpas, the winner is “Urban Universality” by Gerald Smith.

And in fiction, judged by Antonya Nelson, we have two winners: “What We Do To Be New” by Jonah Brunet and “Counting Lights” by Fajer Khansa.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted work; we loved reading it and can’t wait for next year’s contest! To read the winners’ work, keep an eye out for Glass Mountain volume 18, our tenth anniversary edition!

Poetry and Prose Contest!

Our Poetry and Prose Contest is underway! There are three categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and each category’s winner will be awarded $100 as well as FREE registration to the 2017 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers! Each submission has a $5 fee and the deadline is January 9th, so don’t delay. As usual with Glass Mountain publications, we don’t accept work from students currently enrolled in a PhD or MFA program for writing, as well as those who have graduated from such programs. We encourage any emerging authors to apply, and can’t wait to read your submissions! For contest guidelines, please visit Glass Mountain’s Submittable page.

2016 Robertson Prize Announcement!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece for this year’s Lillie Robertson Prize. It was an honor and a pleasure to read such great submissions. So, without further ado, our winners and runners-up are…

In Nonfiction, Merideth Melville for “If a Confession Falls…”
Runner-up: Victoria Marino, “Red and Blue”

In Fiction, Diantha Sneed for “The Trees Were Calling Your Name”
Runner-up: Erika Walsh, “Teeth for Seeds”

In Poetry, Brooke Lightfoot for “To Be Half & Half”
Runner-up: Hakeem Hopper Collins, “momma’s megazord was her existence”

Congratulations to our winners and be sure to check out their winning pieces in Volume 17 of Glass Mountain!

Announcing the Robertson Prize Winners for 2015!

huge congratulations to this year’s winners of the Robertson Prize!

Winner of 1st place in Fiction: “Above the Ocean Sound,” by Sarah Harshbarger

Winner of 1st place in Poetry:  “How to Grow Heels,” by Josh Davis

Winner of 1st place in Nonfiction: “July, 1967,” by Sally Wies


And a big thanks to everyone who entered! We’d like to encourage you all to try again next year, and if you missed this year’s deadline, be sure to attend our 2016 Boldface Conference to be eligible to submit! Hope to see you all there!

2015 Poetry & Prose Contest Winners

Good day, our lovely readers and writers across the globe! We received more submissions than ever for this year’s annual Poetry & Prose Contest, but the results are in, the winners have been notified, and we are now excited to share the news with everyone! The finalists, in no particular order, are as follows:


For Poetry:

“Trinkets” by Tiffany Norman

“1995 Dixie Youth All Star Baseball Tournament” by Cody Smith

“Sunday to Tuesday” by Cody Smith

“Arachne” by Emily Cinquemani

“Brief Shelter” by Emily Cinquemani

“Upon Being Disturbed at 3:00 a.m. on An Otherwise Uneventful Saturday Night” by Jarek Jarvis


For Prose:

“Bolivian Love Stories” by Camila Cossio

“Fat Girl Education” by Karen Fischer

“Within the Walls” by Dania Mahmoud


This year’s contest was judged by UH Creative Writing faculty members Martha Serpas for poetry, and Alex Parsons for prose. All finalists showed immense talent, but the runners-up, earning themselves publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Glass Mountain, are:


“Upon Being Disturbed at 3:00 a.m. on An Otherwise Uneventful Saturday Night” by Jarek Jarvis (Poetry)

“Bolivian Love Stories” by Camila Cossio (Prose)


Here is what our judges had to say:


“‘Upon Being Disturbed at 3:00 a.m. on An Otherwise Uneventful Saturday Night’ creates a strong character through an idiosyncratic voice mixing ominous suspense and humor. A dramatic monologue of simplicity and depth.” – Martha Serpas

“’Bolivian Love Stories’ showcases a confident, funny storyteller any reader will love, the kind who leans in close, arches her eyes, grins mischievously, and says, ‘Now I will tell you what really happened.’ You are hooked because you know you will get the truth, every irreverent, awkward, sad part of it.” – Alex Parsons


Congratulations to our runners-up!


Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The winners, and recipients of a $100 cash prize, free registration for this year’s Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers, and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Glass Mountain are:




“Arachne” by Emily Cinquemani (Poetry)

“Within the Walls” by Dania Mahmoud (Prose)


Some comments from our judges:


“’Arachne’ proceeds via a confident voice. Its lyrical command of the line and ease of rhetorical profession evidences an already accomplished poet.” – Martha Serpas

“’Within the Walls’ is wonderfully arresting for its lyric prose and the author’s success in celebrating our shared humanity even in those very moments when, bound by misfortune, we are most likely to deny it. The story announces a generous talent with a keen sense of who we can aspire to be even in this imperfect world.” – Alex Parsons


Congratulations and standing ovations to our winners! And as always, thank you to our judges!


For all you writers out there still itching to see your name in print, don’t forget the deadline to submit your work to our Spring 2015 issue is March 6th. So get those fingers typing.


Happy writing!