Announcing the Winner of the 2016 River Teeth Book Contest

February 1, 2017

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 River Teeth Book Contest

Congratulations to Sarah Viren, the winner of this year's River Teeth book contest. Her manuscript "Mine" is a collection of linked essays. Final judge Andre Dubus III had this to say about the manuscript: 

“With wonderfully precise and evocative prose, Sarah Viren takes us deeply into her search for her very self – from the haunted, swampy heat of Florida to the arid West Texas plains, from a simmering volcano in Guatemala to an icy country road in the matted cornfields of Iowa, these superb essays lay bare our universal pining for a place to call one’s own, for a life-long lover with whom to share it, and for all the disparate shards of our far flung lives to come together, at least fleetingly, as a return to one’s true home. Mine is not only moving, it is instructive and nourishing in a way that only art can deliver. This book is a gem.” 

Viren is a writer, translator, editor, and former newspaper journalist whose essays have appeared in the Iowa Review, Texas Monthly, the Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, and other magazines. Read more about her at

The winning manuscript will be published by The University of New Mexico Press in the spring 2018.

In March, we anticipate the release of our 2015 winner, Rosemary McGuire's Rough Crossing: An Alaskan Fisherwoman's Memoir. 

Meanwhile our 2014 winner, Angela Morales' essay collection, The Girls in My Town, is faring well. The book, selected by Cheryl Strayed, was recently named a finalist in this year's PEN Art of the Essay Contest

We're pleased to help bring these excellent publications to print!  

A huge thank you to all who entered our contest this year. All entrants will receive a free one-year subscription to River Teeth, starting with the forthcoming Spring 2017 issue. And thank you to Andre Dubus III for serving as our contest judge again this year.  

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