Selected by SIR editors and the USI Department of English, this award goes to the best work across all genres appearing in a given year.
The 2019 Award was given to April Sopkin.
Regretfully, the Mary C. Mohr Awards have been suspended for 2020 due to the University’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nickolas Butler selected Lara Palmqvist’s “Corpse Flower” as the fiction winner.
José Olivarez selected Em Dial's “& the white girl tells me i need to marry a Latino man so that my kids can be the world” as the poetry winner.
Sarah Perry selected Courtney Kersten’s “The Ergonomics of Loss” as the nonfiction winner.
A prize of $3,000 and publication by SIR Press is awarded annually for a collection of poetry written in English. All entries are considered for publication.
Next deadline: February 1, 2021.
Michael Waters selected Erin Rodoni's And if the Woods Carry You for the 2020 Prize.