2016 Awards to Jacks, Scarpa, Stephens

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Emerging Writer Awards.

The overall quality of the hundreds of submissions we received before this year’s deadline is testament to the fact that we live in a vibrant time, and in a world that is animated, informed, and documented by powerful literary impulses. Unique and divergent works are being produced by an astonishing number of writers. It is a good time to be a reader. 

Without further ado, the winners are…


Jordan Jacks is the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale ReviewWeekday, and the Iowa Review. His story “Don’t Be Cruel” was recently listed as “Distinguished” in the 2015 edition of Best American Short Stories. Jacks has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, St. Albans School, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a master’s degree in 2012.


Vincent Scarpa is a third-year master’s candidate in fiction at the Michener Center for Writers. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading,  StoryQuarterlyIndiana ReviewBrevity, and other journals. He is a previous recipient of the Norman Mailer College Fiction award. He tweets at @vincentscarpa.


—selected by Billy Collins—

Rob Stephens’ poetry has appeared in Epoch, Copper NickelLake Effect, Minnesota Review, and other journals. His nonfiction is forthcoming from Entropy. He is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Florida State University, where he also earned a Master of Library and Information Science. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jaclyn Dwyer, and his daughter, Tallulah.

The Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Each winner will join us in Key West and on stage for the 2016 Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, and receive a prize package including an honorarium and full support for travel and accomodations.

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