Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Congratulations to the 2017 Barthelme Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions Chosen by Roxane Gay!


D.J. Thielke, "Pedro"

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D.J. Thielke's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in EPOCH,
Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review,
Mid-American Review,
 Bat City Review, and Crazyhorse, among others.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University's MFA program, where she was
Editor-in-Chief of the Nashville Review, her fellowships include
the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute
for Creative Writing and the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction
at Colgate University. You can read more of her work at

Honorable Mention

Lishani Ramanayake, "The Things We Could Not Say"

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Lishani Ramanayake is a final year Literature student at Yale-NUS College.
She calls both Sri Lanka and Singapore home.


Honorable Mention

Eric Schlich, "Sunscreen"

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Eric Schlich’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review,
Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Electric Literature
, Redivider,
River Styx, Nimrod, New South, and others. He lives in Dunkirk, New York,
and teaches at SUNY Fredonia.

Many thanks to all of our entrants! We look forward to reading more of your submissions. Got more work to send out? Our regular submission period is open until March 1st. GC Online Exclusives accepts submissions year-round. Click to learn more on our submit page.

The 2018 Barthelme Prize will open for submissions again this Spring. Please check back often for details on judges and guidelines.