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Results for the Annual Cupboard contest

MEET our winner!

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Chase Burke

Men You Don't Know You Know

We are thrilled to announce that Contest Judge Kim Chinquee has selected Chase Burke’s chapbook Men You Don't Know You Know as the winner of the Cupboard Pamphlet’s 2020 Annual Contest. 


Chase Burke is the author of the fiction chapbook Lecture (Paper Nautilus, 2020). His stories have received Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award, the Key West Literary Seminar's Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award, and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention; and have been published in Salt Hill, Sycamore Review, Yemassee, Western Humanities Review, and the Tiny Nightmares anthology (Catapult, 2020). A former fiction editor of Black Warrior Review, he lives in Northeast Florida and is working on a full-length collection and a novel. Of Burke’s prose, Contest Judge Kim Chinquee writes, “The quirkiness and wit make Men You Don't Know You Know a winner. Along with its depth, originality and meaning. Marvelously crafted and powerfully told. A wonderful collection!”


Congratulations to Chase Burke! We are so pleased to publish his work. The Cupboard Pamphlet will release Men You Don't Know You Know in the Spring of 2021.

AND OUR editors' choices

The Cupboard Pamphlet's 2020 Annual Contest received several dozen submissions, each of singular merit and fineness in both form and follow-through. Thus, the editors have elected to also publish three of the finalist manuscripts, these being:


Mark Jednaszewski

Scales of the Ouroboros

Mark Jednaszewski grew up in Tampa and studied marine engineering at Kings Point. He splits his time between Philadelphia (with his wife and cats) and at sea, as the chief engineer on a car carrier. He holds an MFA from the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College, where he was the 2018 Dennis Lehane Fiction Fellow. His work has appeared in Mineral Lit, Gravel, and elsewhere. He is a flash fiction editor with Lily Poetry Review and tweets occasionally @ninjaneerski.

Jennifer A. Howard

Flat Stanley Reports Back

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Jennifer A. Howard edits Passages North and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Northern Michigan University in Michigan's snowy Upper Peninsula. She has two previous chapbooks—How to End Up (New Delta Review) and You on Mars (The Cupboard Pamphlet)—and one cat.

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Alice Mercier 

Unset Surfaces

Alice Mercier is currently editing a book of short stories. She lives and works in Ithaca, NY, where she attended the creative writing program at Cornell. Before, she lived in London and studied photography at the University of Westminster. A very short story of hers called 'Crossing' can be found in Smokelong Quarterly. She grew up in Bath, UK.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the quality of those manuscripts that numbered amongst our list of finalists and semi-finalists.


Jeremy Packert Burke | Goat Songs

Anne SanowYour Seaside Town

Honorable Mentions

Virgie Townsend | Because We Were Christian Girls

Nicholas Gancedo | The Nouns

past winners

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