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 2018 Contests

for best Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Visual Arts



Winner: “Jordan” by Samantha Holzapfel

Runner-Up: “Salt” by Kyle Clark



Winner: “Hairy Women” by Sara Perkins

Runner-Up: “A Time of Shops” by Jennifer Hong



Winner: “Flight of the Gildergoose” by Daniel Uncapher

Runner Up: “Drunk Tank” by John Milas

Honorable Mention: “Roosevelt Street” by Annette Goggins


Visual Arts

Winner: “Laverne and Jake,” “Senior Year,” and “Teenagers of the 1950s” by Kelley Hershberger

Runner-Up: “Foresight”



For poetry, fiction, and nonfiction:

J.D. SCRIMGEOUR is the author of three collections of poetry including Lifting the Turtle (2017). His book, Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class, won the AWP Award for Nonfiction. He also released a CD blending poetry and music with musician Philip Swanson, Ogunquit & Other Works. He has won awards from the National Society of Arts & Letters, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Creative Nonfiction and bio/stories. He runs the creative writing program at Salem State University, and is the Director of the Salem Poetry Seminar, a summer writing program for public university students in Massachusetts.


For Visual Arts:

PAUL X. RUTZ received his Ph.D. in visual culture from Purdue University in 2011. That year he took his studio painting practice to Portland, Oregon. His past exhibitions include solo shows at Ford Gallery, the Oregon Military Museum, as well as group shows at Mark Woolley Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he also writes about military history. Recent publications can be found in the Huffington Post, Modern Fiction Studies, Cincinnati Review, Military History magazine and elsewhere.