The Sewanee Review honors the best work published in the magazine’s pages every year with five awards. The Tate, Lytle, and Spears Prizes are named for distinguished former editors of the Sewanee Review; the Heilman and Sullivan Awards are named for longtime contributors to and friends of the magazine. Each winner receives five hundred dollars.


The Allen Tate Prize for the best poem published in 2017 is awarded to Donika Kelly for “Self-Portrait as a Body, as a Sea” (fall issue).


The Andrew Lytle Prize for the best story published in 2017 is awarded to Alexander Maksik for “The Old Masters” (summer issue).


The Monroe K. Spears Prize for the best essay published in 2017 is awarded to Alice McDermott for “Only Connect” (spring issue).


The Robert B. Heilman Award for the best review published in 2017 is awarded to Merritt Moseley for “On The 2016 Man Booker Prize” (spring issue).


And the Walter Sullivan Award, given to a promising writer in any genre, is awarded to Sidik Fofana for “The Okiedoke” (winter issue).

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