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Pablo Piñero Stillmann Wins The 2019 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The editors of Moon City Press would like to congratulate Pablo Piñero Stillmann of Mexico City, Mexico, for being chosen as winner of the 2019 Moon City Short Fiction Award for his collection, Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks. The author holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. He’s also been the recipient of Mexico’s two top grants for young writers: The Foundation for Mexican Literature (f,l,m) and The National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). His fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in, among other journals, Ninth Letter, Bennington ReviewThe Normal School, The Summerset ReviewThe Rumpus, and Moon City Review. His debut novel, Temblador, was published in 2014 by Conaculta.

The finalists and runners-up of the 2019 competition are as follows:

Andrew Bertaina
Angela Buck
Timothy DeLizza
Emily Doak
JoeAnn Hart
Bradford Kammin: RUNNER-UP
Nathan Oates: RUNNER-UP
Jenn Stroud Rossmann
Marvin Shackelford
Rob McClure Smith

Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks will be published in 2020 by MCP, and its author will receive the $1,000 prize upon publication.

Entries for the 2020 Moon City Short Fiction Award are still being accepted through December 15.

Moon City’s editors would like to thank everyone who entered this contest for helping to make it so competitive, so great. We received so many fantastic entries, we only wish we could publish more of them alongside this winning book.

Presenting The Cover For Moon City Review 2020

We so love the cover of our next issue, Moon City Review 2020! The art is by Missouri State University’s own Jordan Seyer and is designed by the brilliant Charli Barnes. This issue (so far) features work by writers such as Sarah Browning, John Gallaher, Jennifer Howard, Gary Leising, Kim Magowan, John McNally, Jessica Mehta, Michelle Ross, Rebecca Schumejda, Jennifer Wortman, and lots of other talented folks. Debuting at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in San Antonio, then everywhere else right after!

Katelyn Grisham Is New Reviews Editor For Moon City Review

The editors of Moon City Press and Moon City Review are happy to announce that, after a three-year hiatus, we are rededicating ourselves to publishing regular reviews of contemporary books, focusing on recent releases of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and graphic narrative from small/independent/university presses.

To head this operation, we’ve taken on recent staff member and Missouri State University grad Katelyn Grisham as official Reviews Editor. Katelyn will be acquiring books for review, searching out reviewers, setting a schedule, and editing the content.

If you would like to see our guidelines or submit a review, please use our Submittable portal:

If you have a new book to review or are interested in becoming a reviewer for MCR, contact Katelyn at

Moon City Press To Publish Phong Nguyen’s Next Book

Moon City Press is excited to announce the next book in our Missouri Author Series: Roundabout by Phong Nguyen. We’re thrilled to have Phong and his amazing experimental novel join our amazing family of authors and books. Watch for it this December 1!

Phong Nguyen is the author of a previous novel, The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016, winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award), and two story collections, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Mastodon Publishing, 2016) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award). He co-edited the volume Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master with Dan Chaon and Norah Lind. His stories have appeared in more than 50 national literary journals in print and online, including AgniBoulevardChattahoochee ReviewIowa ReviewKenyon Review OnlineMassachusetts ReviewMississippi ReviewNorth American Review, and our own Moon City Review.

He is currently the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife—the artist Sarah Nguyen—and their three children.

Kathy Goodkin Wins The 2018 Moon City Poetry Award

We are pleased to congratulate Kathy Goodkin of Greensboro, North Carolina, for winning the 2018 Moon City Poetry Award! Kathy’s manuscript, Crybaby Bridge, will be published in the fall of this year. She will also receive the $1000 cash prize.

Kathy Goodkin is an editor for feminist publisher Gazing Grain Press, a manuscript consultant for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and an online teaching artist for the Loft. Her chapbook, Sleep Paralysis, was published by dancing girl press in 2017. Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Field, Fourteen Hills, RHINO, Redivider, The Volta, and elsewhere.

We’d like to thank everyone who entered this year’s contest—by far the most submissions we’d ever received—and wish everyone luck with their manuscripts. Entries for the 2019 Moon City Poetry Award are currently being accepted.