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Results for the Annual Cupboard contest

MEET our winner!


Quinn Gancedo
The Nouns

We are thrilled to announce that Contest Judge Alex McElroy has selected Quinn Gancedo’s chapbook The Nouns as the winner of the Cupboard Pamphlet’s 2020 Annual Contest. 


Quinn Gancedo is a writer based in Portland, Oregon.  He is a co-founder of Elbow Room, an arts organization focused on creating opportunities for artists and writers experiencing developmental disabilities.  His writing has appeared in Diagram, New Delta Review, Tammy, 3:AM, Potluck Mag, and elsewhere. Of Gancedo’s prose, Contest Judge Alex McElroy writes, “Arresting and imaginative, The Nouns achieves what the best works of fiction aspire to: it shows us the world as we never knew it existed. This book is the child of Gaston Bachelard and Ben Marcus, a strange, unnerving, and bold portrayal of the objects living beside us. You’ll never look at your vacuum the same way again.”


Congratulations to Quinn Gancedo! We are so pleased to publish his work. The Cupboard Pamphlet will release The Nouns in the Fall of 2022.

AND OUR editors' choice

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 Cornhole or Bags by Contest Finalist John Jodzio, which will also be released in the Fall of 2022.


John Jodzio
Cornhole or Bags

John Jodzio's work has been featured in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney's, and New York Magazine. He's the author of the short story collections, Knockout, Get In If You Want To Live and If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home. He lives in Minneapolis. 

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


Tara Stillions Whitehead | They More Than Burned
Jeremy Packert BurkeChildren Will Listen

Honorable Mentions

Roya Khatiblou | Nocturnal Emissions
Jacob Bender | Reviews for Non-Existent Films

past winners

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