Staggered literary journal covers: Colorado Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Iron Horse, Mar, Puerto Del Sol, Quarterly West, Reed, and Tampa Review

Intro Journals Project

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Program directors are invited to nominate students' works, which are selected for publication in participating literary journals, including Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Reed Magazine, and Tampa Review.

2022 General Editor

Dave Essinger

2022 Intro Journals Project Winners


Selected by Susan Moeller

  • “I Dream of Dressing Your Altar with Slaughtered Meat”
    KJ Janeschek
    University of Alaska, Fairbanks MFA in Creative Writing
    Mid-American Review

  • “How to Make Tamales”
    Andrew Acuna
    Eastern Washington University
    Tampa Review

  • “Hunter's Moon”
    Sam Burt
    Bowling Green State University
    Colorado Review

  • “notes on assimilation III”
    N.L. Shompole
    Pacific University MFA in Writing
    Tampa Review

  • Triptych: House
    Kanika Ahuja
    Purdue University MFA
    Puerto del Sol

  • “Hail Mary at the Hour of Our Deaths”
    Maggie Wolff
    University of Central Florida MFA Program
    Reed Magazine

  • “Volunteering at an Alzheimer’s Unit”
    John Kneisley
    Colorado State University
    Quarterly West

  • “Homestead”
    Zach Simon
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Creative Writing
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • Convent of the Sisters of Divine and Perpetual Sorrow
    Luke Smith
    University of Montana
    Iron Horse Literary Review

Honorable Mention

  • “Doc”
    Albert M. Sotelo
    Pasadena City College Creative Writing Program

  • “1956 Inaugural Echo Park Model Yacht Race”
    Claire Christoff
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Creative Writing

  • “Amateur Entomology”
    Kate Gargo
    University of Denver

  • “A Cabin in the Forest”
    KJ Janeschek
    University of Alaska, Fairbanks MFA in Creative Writing

  • “Khalil Hawi’s Neighbor”
    Joud Haidar
    St. Olaf College

  • “Epistle for the Woman, No Longer a Nun”
    Rachel Hynds
    Penn State BA/MA Program in Creative Writing


Selected by Cliff Garstang

  • “Will You Please Bring It Back To Me”
    Laura Dzubay
    Indiana University MFA Program
    Mid-American Review

  • “King of the Hill, Top of the Heap”
    Serenity Marshall
    Old Dominion University
    Quarterly West

Honorable Mention

  • “Travelers”
    Eimile Campbell
    Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • “The Pity”
    Anna Noone
    Saint Mary’s College

  • “Lead Poisoning”
    Kale Hanson
    Temple University

  • Renuncia
    Gerardo Lamadrid Castillo
    UC Davis

  • “The Two and the Three”
    Sruthi Narayanan
    University of Minnesota

  • “The Vandal”
    Kiera Wolfe
    University of Maryland MFA Program in Creative Writing

Creative Nonfiction

Selected by Rebecca Moon Ruark

  • “Starfish: A Paean to Those Who Cannot Breathe”
    Elizabeth Bolton
    University of Alaska, Fairbanks MFA in Creative Writing
    Puerto del Sol

  • "If You Weren’t There"
    Sandy Robertson
    San Diego State University
    Colorado Review

  • “Yes/No: Conversations with My Son”
    Kara Melissa Sharp
    Antioch University MFA in Creative Writing
    Tampa Review

  • “Etymology of King County Family Court”
    Summer Wrobel
    University of North Carolina Wilmington MFA
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • “El Velorio: An Elegy”
    Jerilynn Aquino
    Oklahoma State University
    Reed Magazine

Honorable Mention

  • “Bloodline”
    Moriah McStay
    University of Memphis

  • “Truth”
    Veni Fields

  • “Case No. 4262”
    Cicily Bennion
    University of North Texas