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Thanks to everyone who submitted to our 2017 Emerging Writer's Prize!
More information coming soon on our 2018 Emerging Writer's Prize contest, judged by Adam Johnson. 

 
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2017 WINNER: LEO RÍOS "DIRTY DISHES"

Read Leo Ríos' award-winning entry, "Dirty Dishes," in Issue Four of The Arkansas International this spring. 

FINALISTS:

Joy Manné “White Hibiscus: A Fugue"
Matt Polzin “Paint”
Eric Rasmussen “The Last of the Water”

 ZZ Packer, 2017 Final Judge

2017 JUDGE: ZZ PACKER

ZZ Packer’s collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere was published in 2003. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker (where she was launched as a debut writer), Harper’s, and Story, have been published in The Best American Short Stories, and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Packer is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A graduate of Yale, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Writing Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, she has also been a Wallace Stegner-Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University.