Pie Eating Contest by Viewminder2

“Pie Eating Contest” by Viewminder2. CC by 2.0.

All submissions to Tributaries are automatically entered in our annual contest!  Every year, a famously talented guest judge chooses one winner and one runner-up in each genre:  Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

Winners receive a cash prize and Certificate, not to mention bragging rights, gushy praise and boundless admiration from staff and peers alike. But no pie.  Not yet anyway.


Winners of the Tributaries 2020 Contests

for best Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Visual Arts



Winner: “Below Freezing” by Grace Deak

Runner-Up: “Decoy Shoes” by Heidi Klein



Winner: “What You Can See Through a Kitchen Window” by Clarissa Hogeston

Runner-Up: “The Crematorium” by Silas Wrisley



Winner: “An Elusive Omen” by Madeline Arnott



Visual Arts

Winner: The Things We Bury” by Kelley Hershberger

Honorable Mentions: “Pop-Tarts: A Kind of Ravioli” by Lily Roche; “Jellyfish” by Madeline Griggs; & “Responding to Megan” by Jonathan Soard



For poetry, fiction, and nonfiction:

JESSICA ANTHONY is the author of three books of fiction, most recently Enter the Aardvark. Anthony’s books have been published in several countries, and her short stories can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, The Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine.


For Visual Arts:

A.J. FRIES is a painter who was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Fries has exhibited in Buffalo at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo Arts Studio, Hallwalls, and Big Orbit Gallery, among others. His work is included in many public and private collections, including those of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney. In 2001 he was awarded a 3-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, and in 2007 he received a full fellowship for a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He is a founding member of Trans Empire Canal Corporation (TECC), a Buffalo-based collective responsible for the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s 2014 multi-year project “Cultural Commodities: As Exhibition in Four Phases,” informally referred to as the “art barge”. Fries was designated one of the Burchfield Penney’s first “Living Legacy” artists in 2012.