Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Congratulations to the 2018 Barthelme Prize winner and honorable mentions, chosen by Laura van den Berg! 

2018 Winner

Sarah Minor, "Something Clear"

From the judge, Laura van den Berg: 

"At once mythic and earthly, 'Something Clear' is a striking and urgent meditation on the shifting landscape of danger—and how the dangers we don’t see coming often prove to be the most lethal. A potent and unforgettable story."

Sarah Minor is the author of The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, winner of Essay Press’s digital chapbook contest. She's the recipient of fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, an American Scandinavian Fellowship to Iceland, and was a 2018 Peter Taylor Fellow. Minor teaches as an Assistant Professor of Nonfiction at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is the video editor at TriQuarterly Review. Find her recent work in places like Ninth LetterMid-American ReviewDiagramThe Cincinnati Review, and in images at sarahceniaminor.com.

2018 Honorable Mentions


Yi Jiang, "Hunger"


Yi Jiang was born in Shanghai and raised in Wisconsin, where she graduated in 2017 with a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works in Madison and writes fiction on the side. This will be her first publication. 

Aliceanna Stopher, "Some Weather"

Aliceanna Stopher is an MFA candidate in fiction at Colorado State University where she teaches introductory creative writing and works as an Associate Editor for the Colorado Review. She is the winner of the 2018 Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! contest and was awarded second place in the 2018 New South Writing Contest. Her work can be found, or is forthcoming, in Crazyhorse, New South, Anomaly, and elsewhere. She lives offline with her partner, daughter, and pets and online at aliceannastopher.com.


Thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 Bartheleme Prize. Details and judge for the 2019 prize will be announced in the coming months.