From Our Staff | January 09, 2017

Over the past few months, we’ve read and re-read entries for the Missouri Review’s 26th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize.  We’ve broken our contest record, receiving over 3,000 entries this year, and have been overwhelmed by the quality of these submissions, which made decisions especially difficult. We’re grateful to the writers who sent us their stories, poems, and essays and were privileged to spend time with so much wonderful work.

Many thanks to our team of editors, assistants and readers this year, who spent long nights laboring over manuscripts. Speer Morgan, Kate McIntyre, Kristine Somerville, Leanna Petronella, Evelyn Somers, Sherell Barbee, Traci Cox, Jeff Wasserboehr, Samantha Brown, Payton Kinnison, Rose Nash, Emma Quinn, Bailey Boyd, Sean Ironman, Mikella Marley, Alec Raimond and Dedra Earl, thank you for your time, work, and help.

Winners, Runners-Up, and Finalists are listed below:


“Instructions to the Living from the Condition of the Dead” by Jason Brown of Eugene, OR

Runners-Up (alphabetically):
“The Witness” by May-lee Chai of Wilmington, NC
“A Small but Perfect Happiness” by Edward Hamlin of Boulder, CO
“And How Much of These Hills Is Gold” by C Pam Zhang of San Francisco, CA

Finalists (alphabetically):
“Anorak” by Ed Allen of Vermillion, SD
“A Parable of Fausto Bruzzesi” by Robert Dorjath of El Dorado Hills, CA
“Coupling Is Not an Art Form, Children Are Not Art Supplies” by Mira Dougherty-Johnson of Southold, NY
“Fat” by Cai Emmons of Eugene, OR
“False Cognates” by Ladee Hubbard of New Orleans, LA
“Up in the Air” by Lisa Lenzo of Holland, MI
“Walter Bombardier Tells a Big Fat Lie” by Beth Mayer of Lakeville, MN
“Many Happy Returns” by Maia Morgan of Jersey City, NJ
“16 Days of Glory” by Jill Rosenberg of Montclair, NJ
“Other People’s Stories” by Carol Smith of Kirkland, WA


Karen Skolfield of Amherst, MA

Runners-Up (alphabetically):
Nancy Takacs of Wellington, UT
Heather Treseler of Newton, MA
Marcus Wicker of Lansing, MI

Finalists (alphabetically):
John Blair of San Marcos, TX
Tiana Clark of Nashville, TN
Cassandra Cleghorn of Pownal, VT
Cristina Correa of Ithaca, NY
Max Freeman of Brooklyn, NY
Emma Hine of Brooklyn, NY
Carol Quinn of Reisterstown, MD
Alison Rollins of St. Louis, MO
Safiya Sinclair of Lenox, MA
Patti White of Tuscaloosa, AL


“Swarf” by Tyler Keevil of Abergavenny, UK

Runners-up (alphabetically):
“The Cataclysm of My Mother’s Spine” by Jamison Rankin of Ladson, SC
“The Magic Show” by Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers of Conway, AR
“Nemerov’s Door” by Robert Wrigley of Moscow, ID

Finalists (alphabetically):
“We Who Are About to Die Salute You” by Caroline Beimford of Fayetteville, AR
“Taking the Census in Rural Arizona” by Geraldine Birch of Cornville, AZ
“Y.O.L.O.” by Jacqueline Feldman of Brooklyn, NY
“Pork Stock, 2013” by Carly Fraysier of Laramie, WY
“Marriage Proposal for Bachcha Mashi” by Madhushree Ghosh of San Diego, CA
“The Epic Unnecessariness of #wejustneedtopee” by C .J. Janovy of Kansas City, MO
“Shine for Me” by Peter Lang-Stanton of Portland, ME
“Up Fox Mountain” by Sarah Neidhardt of Portland, OR
“Dim All the Lights” by Natasha Orlando of Mishawaka, IN
“Area Woman, or Netflix is the New Crack” by Maureen Stanton of Georgetown, ME

We’re in the process of planning our Editors’ Prize weekend, an annual spring reading and reception to honor the winners of the contest. If you’re in the Columbia area, we’d love to have you join us. The Editors’ Prize issue, featuring our winners, will also be released in spring of 2017.

Our 10th Annual Miller Audio Contest is also open for submissions. The deadline is March 15, 2017.


Jennifer McCauley
Contest Editor