Holy Cow! Furrow has received the 2019 AWP Program Directors’ Prize!

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the nation’s foremost professional association for creative writers, has just named Furrow’s 2018 issue the winner of the 2019 National Program Directors’ Prize for Content.

This is a huge national honor, and we are thrilled. The contest judge, Prof. Tyler Mills of New Mexico Highlands University, had this to say:

“Choosing a winner was difficult, as there is so much great work being done by undergraduates in literary publishing right now. Furrow, the 2019 Content Award winner published by undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is an outstanding journal. The poems, essays, and stories, as well as the works of visual art, tackle the human experience through wonderfully crafted, unusual, tangible, and richly musical voices. I found myself getting lost in each work I was reading so that as I reached the end, I was both deeply satisfied but also wanted to turn the page. The high caliber of the works published in Furrow is a testament to the editors’ vision, as well as the talented, diverse breadth of writers in undergraduate studies across the country—and world—today. Furrow carefully selects and arranges works of literature so that a subtle theme in one leads to the next and the magazine, organically, becomes a unified whole.”

Thank you to AWP, Professor Mills, and all of the outstanding Furrow contributors, editors, and supporters who made this possible.

Congratulations to the 2019 Furrow Award Winners!

The 2019 Furrow Fiction Award, judged by author Christi Clancy, went to Anagha Putrevu for her story, “Dans les Prison de Nantes.” Putrevu is a student at the University of Minnesota.

The 2019 Furrow Poetry Award, judged by author Nicholas Allen Harp, went to Catherine Dartez for her poem, “Coke in the Camper Circa 1987.” Dartez is a student at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

The 2019 Furrow Nonfiction Award, judged by author Sharon Pomerantz, went to Tovah Strong for her essay, “From the Arroyo.” Strong is a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The 2019 Furrow Art Award, judged by artist Lane Hall, went to Jenny Lee for her painting, “Landscape.” Lee is a student at Carnegie Mellon University.

We are also delighted to feature the painting, “Friend Drama,” by Josiah Ellner on our 2019 cover.


Dating back to 2000, Furrow showcases outstanding undergraduate writing and art from across the U.S. and gives UW-Milwaukee undergraduates training in editing, publishing, publication design, web design, publicity, fundraising, and business practices. Through the generous support of local donors and the UW-Milwaukee Department of English, we publish a full-color, print issue of the journal every May and feature new work regularly on our website. Our goal is to connect student writers and artists with a broader network of creative spirits within and beyond Milwaukee.

We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and comics from undergraduates all across the U.S. Our next submissions period is from December 1, 2019 to February 20, 2020.

Interested in becoming an editor? Enroll in UWM’s English 418 or Art 427.501 in the spring semester.

For more information, contact us or contact our UWM Faculty Advisor, Professor Valerie Laken.