Announcing: The 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize Honorees
The inaugural Breakout 8 Writers Prize, sponsored by Epiphany and The Authors Guild, seeks to recognize outstanding emerging literary voices and bring visibility to the writers of our future by honoring eight student authors.
From hundreds of submissions by graduate and undergraduate poets and writers, our judges—Hannah Tinti, Alexander Chee, and Tracy O’Neill—chose eight winners who will receive publication in Epiphany’s Breakout Eight special issue; a $250 cash prize; a year-long mentorship with Epiphany editor-in-chief Tracy O'Neill; a complimentary one-year student membership to the Authors Guild, including free access to seminars, webinars, and the writers’ resource library; a featured interview published on the Epiphany website, in the Authors Guild Bulletin, and on the Authors Guild website; a one-year subscription to Epiphany; and a short manuscript review.
Congratulations to our first ever Breakout 8 Writers Prize winners!
Yuxi Lin is a Chinese-American poet living in New York. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Washington Post, Spilled Milk, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Southern Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She graduated from Davidson College and is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she received the Lillian Vernon Fellowship.
Jiaming Tang is a Brooklyn-based writer of queer immigrant fiction. His interests lie in representing marginalized experience through allegory and unconventional storytelling. He studies creative writing at Purchase College, SUNY.
Alisson Wood’s prose and poetry have been published in places including The New York Times, Catapult, and Dovetail. She is the founder of Pigeon Pages, a woman-run Brooklyn reading series and online literary journal. Currently, Alisson is a candidate for an MFA in fiction at NYU. She is at work on a memoir.
Amber Wheeler Bacon lives, writes and teaches on the coast in South Carolina. She is an MFA candidate in the Bennington Writing Seminars and is on the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. She’s currently working on a story collection and a novel. This is her first publication.
Marc Castel de Lucas is a second-year undergraduate at the University of California-Berkeley studying literature in Spanish, English, and French. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, he studied at the University of Alabama (where he placed first in the University's Creative Writing Contest as a first-year) and worked at the Mayor of San Francisco's Office of Education, the Office of the Mayor of Oakland, and the Felony Division of the Office of the San Francisco District Attorney. He is of Spanish and American citizenship, upbringing, ancestry, and heritage, and intends to work within the field of Spanish-English primary school education, ideally as a teacher of literature and philosophy in a bilingual high school.
Rasheeda Saka is currently an undergraduate at Princeton University studying English literature with minors in creative writing and spanish. In the past, she has studied fiction with Neel Mukherjee, Angela Flournoy, and Kirstin Quade.
Edith Lee grew up in New Zealand and is now in her final year at Colorado College. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing.
Amy Lee Lillard is a writer and editor based in Des Moines, Iowa. Her fiction has appeared in Atlas and Alice and Home is Elsewhere: The Berlin Writing Prize 2017 Winners Anthology. She holds an MA in literature from Northwestern University, and will complete her MFA in fiction writing from the Pan-European Program at Cedar Crest College in 2018. She has been a professional advertising and communications writer in Chicago and Des Moines for nearly two decades.