Sheila-Na-Gig Editions is honored to announce that we’ve selected Jessica Barksdale’s collection Grim Honey: Poems as the winner of our 2020 Full-length Manuscript Contest.
Jessica Barksdale’s fifteenth novel, The Play’s the Thing, is forthcoming from TouchPoint Press in 2021. Her poetry collection When We Almost Drowned was published in 2019 by Finishing Line Press. A Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Tahoma Review, and So to Speak. Her work has been recognized and honored by The Sewanee Review, The Wigleaf, The North American Review, and The Ocotillo Review. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension and in the online MFA program for Southern New Hampshire University. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Next year, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions will be offering two chapbook contests with $500 prizes each + publication. One of these will be for writers under age 30. Look for details in January 2020. In the meantime, submissions are now open for Sheila-Na-Gig online’s winter issue (free to submit): https://sheilanagigblog.com/submissions/ and our Quarterly Poetry Contest ($7.00 fee to submit, $107 prize): https://sheilanagigblog.com/contests/