Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Congratulations to the winner and honorable mentions for the 2022 Barthelme Prize, judged by Vi Khi Nao!

2022 Winner:
"Anatomy in Empty Apartment" by Katherine Mooney Brooks

Honorable Mentions:
"Your Best American Girl" by Helena Li
"Five Strange Things That All Fell from the Sky" by Peter Pilcrow

Vi Khi Nao, on the winner: 
In this triptych, the writer captures depth of grace with achingly serpentine, melancholic, and biblical splendor. “Anatomy in Empty Apartment” takes you to tender, yearnful, anatomical places that only exist on the fringe of heartbreaks. 

Katherine Mooney Brooks received her MFA in poetry and nonfiction from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as managing editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. Brooks has previously received a Sewanee Writers’ Conference MFA scholarship in poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Image, Tusculum Review, and West Trade Review. She is the Director of Education at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

Thanks to everyone who submitted to the 2022 Barthelme Prize! The winner will appear in the print edition of Gulf Coast 35.2, available Spring 2023.