May 8, 2012

Announcing the Winners of Missouri Review’s 2012 Audio Competition

We’re excited to share the news about a stellar group of winners for this year’s Audio Competition! Winners were chosen in collaboration with guest judge Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast Audio Festival. Stay tuned in the coming months for these pieces to be released as featured podcasts on TMR’s website.





First Place: Chloe Honum “Spring”
Runner Up: Elijah Burrell “RC and Little Faye” and “Change of Song”


First Place: Beth Morgan “Sanderstown Testimonials”
Runner Up: Daniel DiStefano “The New Neighbor in Barnum and Bailey Retirement City”

Audio Documentary

First Place: Emma Weatherill “Nuns on Trial”

Honorable mention*: Rachel Coonce “A Brief Investigation into the Origins of a Cookie Memory”
Special thanks to Julie Shapiro, our many talented entrants, and to the TMR staff (especially our contest team and contest assistant Hannah Baxter) who made this year’s contest a success! Every year our contest grows, and the overall quality of the entries gets stronger, which makes choosing our winners very difficult. If you didn’t place this year, we hope you will consider submitting to the 2013 competition.

              *This entry exceeds the 10-minute time limit and so was unable to place “officially” in our contest. However, the documentary was strong enough that the editors of  The Missouri Review wanted to recognize it informally.

About Claire

Claire McQuerry is the Contest Editor for The Missouri Review and a Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Missouri. Her poetry collection, Lacemakers, was recipient of the 2010 Crab Orchard First Book Award.

10 Responses to Announcing the Winners of Missouri Review’s 2012 Audio Competition

  1. Stu Lesbeau says:

    This contest was rigged. A feminist conspiracy. Shame on you, Missouri Review. SHAME ON YOU.

  2. Victor David says:

    Congrats to the winners but I find it both amazing and rude that in this era of easy and rapid communication Missouri Review cannot be bothered to notify other entrants by email that they didn’t place. MR seems to be joining the growing trend among publishers to insist that authors do and be responsible for everything (preparing entries, sending money, etc.) while the publisher does as little as they can get away with. With the proliferation of MFA factories, you likely receive many entries, but that should not be an excuse for disregarding common courtesy.

  3. Sarah says:

    So mediocrity prevails. Sounds like a gang of sitcom material, not literature.

  4. Congratulations to the winners! I look forward to hearing your pieces soon. And next year, I hope to win! : )

  5. Chris Otto says:

    Interesting. Looking forward to hearing the winners: all women, including special recognition for one who didn’t follow the rules. Wow. I won’t be working so hard on mine next time around. But, as a male, maybe it doesn’t matter.

    • Sarcasm says:

      Oh man, I totally feel for you. Men are so oppressed in the literary world. I can’t even remember the last time a male won a literary prize or was recognized for their art or contributions to society. You should probably not even bother writing another word. It’s just going to be pissed on. Because of your genitalia. Life is so unfair, man.

  6. Congrats to the winners!!! I am glad to see all the first places go to women. Now, you will have to do it for 50 more years straight to make up for all the years white males were the only winners.

  7. Of course the competition will multiple the talents and recognized by committee. It is creating well environment between us, it can make good plate form for improving the quality and genuineness.Thanks for arranging such type of events.