*November 2017*

Big thanks to Gertrude Press!

2017 Fiction Chapbook Winner


Wendy Oleson

Wendy Oleson is author of Our Daughter and Other Stories (Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award Series). Her stories, poems, and hybrid texts appear in Passages North, [PANK], Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. She has received fiction fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and serves as editorial staff for Fairy Tale Review and Memorious Magazine. Wendy teaches for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and Washington State University at Tri-Cities. She lives with a hiccup-prone dog, Winston, and her wife in Walla Walla, Washington.


  • Creation is Not a Comprehension by Amanda Krupman


*October 2016*

Thank you, Map Literary!

The Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award

2016 Winner: Wendy Oleson, Our Daughter and Other Stories


Wendy’s stories appear or are forthcoming in Cimarron ReviewCarveCherry TreeQuarterly West, and elsewhere. In 2015 she won the storySouth Million Writers Award and was a fiction fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Based in Pullman, WA, and Los Angeles, CA, she teaches for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, provides creative and academic editorial services, and dabbles in true crime TV writing. She is, of course, working on a novel.

2016 Runner-Up: Jennifer Martelli, “Phobiacompendia”

2016 Finalists:
William Cordeiro, “Whispering Gallery”
John Francis Istel, “Ambulance of Love and Other Stories”
Greg Gerke, “Does Eric Rohmer Have the All of Me?”
Amy Monticello, “How to Euthanize a Horse: Essays”
Alexandra Renwick, “We Beautiful Terrible Beasts”
Lizzi Wolf, “Notes from a Good Little Sister”

Interviews and Reviews


Wendy Oleson from Speaking of Marvels

Victory is Hers! Three Contest-Winning Chapbooks by Women at Ploughshares Blog

Instructor Statement for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program
 “Q & A with New Instructor Wendy Oleson” for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program by Phoebe Lim

“What We Talk About: Interview with Wendy Oleson” for Carve Magazine (Fall 2014) by Susanne Barnecut

“Smoking with Wendy Oleson” (for SmokeLong Quarterly) by Tara Laskowski