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McGinnis-Ritchie Award


The McGinnis-Ritchie Award


Robert F. Ritchie, who died in 1997, was a long-time and generous supporter of the Southwest Review. In 1960 he established the John H. McGinnis Memorial Award in honor the man who edited the Review from 1927 to 1943. With a bequest in his will, Mr. Ritchie enabled us to maintain the tradition of his generosity. Since 1998, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award has been given annually to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published during the previous year in these pages. The awards consist of cash prizes of $500.


Alex Taylor

2017 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"The Gypsy Rib"
(Volume 102, no. 1)


Alex Taylor is originally from Rosine, Kentucky. He is the author of the story collection The Name of the Nearest River (Sarabande) and the novel The Marble Orchard (Ig), and currently teaches at Morehead State University. His work has been translated into French.

Matt Baca

2017 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"Rodrella, the Neighborhood Authenticity Associate"
(Volume 102, nos. 3-4)

Matt Baca has published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Splitsider, and Janice Magazine. He is an attorney for migrant farmworkers and a writer in Colorado.

Robert W. Rea

2017 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Flannery O'Connor's Murderous Imagination:
Southern Ladyhood in 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'"
(Volume 102, no. 2)

Robert Rea lives in Oxford, Mississippi. He teaches courses in American literature at the University of Mississippi.

Beth Uznis Johnson

2017 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Your Friend/My Friend, Ted"
(Volume 102, no. 1)

Beth Uznis Johnson is a graduate of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte. Her writing has appeared in the Bear River Review, Story Quarterly, Delphi Quarterly, and the Rumpus Readers Report. She is the editor and senior writer of Thrive, the award-winning cancer lifestyle magazine at the University Of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. She lives in suburban Detroit with her husband and two sons.