Matt Baca of Denver and Alex Taylor of Morehead, Kentucky, each won 2017 McGinnis–Ritchie Awards in fiction. Baca won for his story “Rodrella, the Neighborhood Authenticity Associate,” and Taylor won for his story “The Gypsy Rib.” Beth Uznis Johnson of Canton, Michigan, and Robert W. Rea of Oxford, Mississippi, both won the award in creative nonfiction. Johnson won for her essay “Your Friend/My Friend, Ted,” and Rea won for his essay “Flannery O’Connor’s Murderous Imagination: Southern Ladyhood in ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find.’” They each received $500. The annual awards are given for short stories and works of creative nonfiction published in Southwest Review
during the previous year. There is no application process.
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