Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Congratulations to the winner and honorable mentions for the 2020 Barthelme Prize, judged by Jenny Offill!

2020 Winner:
“Like Yourself” by Kieran Mundy

Honorable Mentions:
“Mul Gwishin” by Kat Lewis
"The Storm" by Jannesa Regios

Jenny Offill, on the winner: 
The secret weapon of "Like Yourself" is its sneaky wit. It hums beneath the surface of the story and reveals itself in unexpected ways. The sad moments and the funny ones blur beautifully into each other by the end. The result is a marvel of compression and grace.

Kieran Mundy's work has appeared in Joyland and Hobart, and has been recognized in Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2017 and 2019. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon and has received funding for her writing from the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon where she works as a wilderness therapy field guide. 


Thanks to everyone who submitted to the 2020 Barthelme Prize! The winner will appear in the print edition of Gulf Coast 33.2, available Spring 2021.