• Issue 44

    SAND HILLS ISSUE 44 IS HERE!

    Including exclusive interviews with Ada Limón, Peter Heller, and Angie Kim,
    as well as fiction and poetry by the winners of our National Literary Contest. 
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    Rebecca Makkai

    Fiction Judge

    Issue 44 of Sand Hills features the winners of our National Literary Contest, judged by Rebecca Makkai,  award-winning author of The Great Believers, and Eric Smith, Managing Editor at The Sewanee Review.

    “Old Spirits” by Bonnie Proudfoot 

    Fiction Winner

    “Bruise” by Kevin Griffin

    Poetry Winner

    Eric Smith

    Poetry Judge

    For each issue of Sand Hills, the editors choose the “best of” prose and poetry submitted by students at Augusta University. 

    The winners in each category were also published in Issue 44 of Sand Hills.

    “Ivanpah” by Madison Brown

    Best of Student Poetry

    “The Hazelnut Lady” by Melvin Hilson

    Best of Student Prose

    Madison Brown is a junior at Augusta University studying English Literature. She has a special interest in children’s literature and enjoys writing poetry, particularly in form.

    Melvin Hilson is from Tennille, Georgia. He is currently a sophomore at Augusta University. He majors in psychology, while minoring in creative writing. He aims to become a therapist but he also aspires to be a writer. He draws inspiration from his attempts to show others the world as he views it. He wants to portray experiences for the world to observe and relate to.

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  • Contest

    We are proud to announce our Spring 2020 Sand Hills National Literary Contest winners, Bonnie Proudfoot and Kevin Griffin.

    The best of poetry and short fiction were selected by judges Rebecca Makkai and Eric Smith.

    The winner in each category was published in Issue 44 of Sand Hills!

    Contest closed. 

    Come back for updates on future submission opportunities.

    2020 JUDGES

    Rebecca Makkai 

    is the award-winning author of The Great Believers, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime.  Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

    Eric Smith

    is the Managing Editor at The Sewanee Review. His work has appeared in the journals 32 Poems, Southwest Review, The New Criterion, Pleiades and The Rumpus. Black Hole Factory, Smith’s first book of poetry, was published last year by the University of Tampa Press and won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

    CONTEST WINNERS

    Fiction

    Guest Judge: Rebecca Makkai

    “Old Spirits” by Bonnie Proudfoot

    Bonnie Proudfoot has an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, and another from West Virginia University. She currently teaches part-time in the Department of English at West Virginia University. She is a recipient of a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia department of Culture and History, and has had fiction and poetry published in the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, and other journals. Her poetry has received recognition in various competitions, including Sheila Na-Gig and Ohio’s Power of Poetry Festival. Her first novel, Goshen Road, was just published by Swallow Press in January of 2020.

    Poetry

    Guest Judge: Eric Smith

    “Bruise” by Kevin Griffin

    Kevin Griffin is an English and Creative Writing teacher at Detroit Catholic Central High School. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife and two sons. His first chapbook, Line and Hook, was published by the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press in 2017. His poetry has been published in The Broad River Review, Common Ground Review, The Garfield Lake Review, The MacGuffin, Sheepshead Review, Third Wednesday, and Up North Literary Journal, among other publications.currently teaches part-time in the Department of English at West Virginia University. She is a recipient of a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia department of Culture and History, and has had fiction and poetry published in the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, and other journals. Her poetry has received recognition in various competitions, including Sheila Na-Gig and Ohio’s Power of Poetry Festival. Her first novel, Goshen Road, was just published by Swallow Press in January of 2020.

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