John C. Zacharis First Book Awards

2012    
Heidy Steidlmayer
Fowling Piece (Poetry) Winter 2012-13
2011    
Christine Sneed
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry (Fiction) Winter 2011-12
2010    
Julia Story
Post Moxie: Poems (Poetry) Winter 2010-11
2009    
Paul Yoon
Once the Shore: Stories (Fiction)
Winter 2009-10
2008    
Susan Hutton
On the Vanishing of Large Creatures (Poetry) Winter 2008-09
2007    
Ander Monson Other Electricities (Fiction) Winter 2007-08
2006    
Thomas Sayers Ellis The Maverick Room (Poetry) Winter 2006-07
2005    
Richard McCann Mother of Sorrows (Fiction) Winter 2005-06
2004    
Mark Turpin Hammer (Poetry) Winter 2004
2003    
Maile Meloy Half in Love (Fiction) Winter 2003
2002    
Doreen Gildroy The Little Field of Self (Poetry) Winter 2002
2001    
Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno (Fiction) Winter 2001
2000    
Dana Levin In the Surgical Theatre (Poetry) Winter 2000
1999    
Elizabeth Gilbert Pilgrims (Fiction) Winter 1999
1998    
David Gewanter In the Belly (Poetry) Winter 1998
1997    
Carolyn Ferrell Don't Erase Me (Fiction) Winter 1997
1996    
Kevin Young Most Way Home (Poetry) Winter 1996
1995    
Debra Spark Coconuts for the Saint (Fiction) Winter 1995
1994    
Tony Hoagland Sweet Ruin (Poetry) Winter 1994
1993    
Jessica Treadway Absent Without Leave (Fiction) Winter 1993
1992    
Allison Joseph What Keeps Us Here (Poetry) Winter 1992
1991    
David Wong Louie Pangs of Love (Fiction) Winter 1991

Also see our list of Cohen Award winners, honoring, each year, the best short story and poem published in Ploughshares.

And take a look at the 123 stories, poems, and essays from Ploughshares that have appeared over the last thirty years in The Best American Poetry, The Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.