2015 Livershot Memoir Contest Winner + Finalists

Thank you to everyone who sent their flash memoir (under 750 words) for our first Livershot Memoir Contest. We narrowed almost 300 entries down to 11 (we tried for 10, but just couldn’t do it), and then we sent the entries to our final judge, Matthew Dexter, who chose the winners. All winners will be published in the Winter issue of Split Lip Magazine.


WINNER ($200 prize + publication):  Tatiana Ryckman, “My House Burned Down”

First Runner-Up (publication):  S.M. Whitfield, “Photography”

Second Runner-Up (publication): Erica Naone, “Punch”



Emily Capettini, “How to Pass a Summer; Or, Genevieve, at the Lake”

Tyrese Coleman, “Nameless Mounds”

Jennifer Jackson Berry, “The Deal, Part II: But Skin Heals Itself”

Hannah Jones, “Before and After”

Julia Kolchinsky-Dasbach, “Dear Birthplace,”

Joanne Lozar Glenn, “Blanket”

Dina Relles, “Compulsory Crossing”

Jen Rouse, “And These, My Least Best Selves”


Congratulations to all the winners and finalist who made this a super tough job. Thank you also to our powerhouse readers, Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, Ray Shea, and Brieana Williams!



Our third title of 2016 will be…


We are thrilled to announce that Kara Vernor has signed a contract with Split Lip Press for her first chapbook, a collection of short stories called “Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song” (title taken from THIS amazing story of the same name).

We have been long-time fans of Kara’s work and couldn’t be more excited to work with her. Her collection comes out in June 2016, so stay tuned for cover previewsm, excerpts, and more.



POEM FILM for “Nowhere” from Katie Schmid’s chapbook

Check out this dreamy film for the poem, “Nowhere,” which is in Katie Schmid’s chapbook forget me/hit me/let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor.  Available now from SPLIT LIP or at Amazon (if you must):

Forget Me/Hit Me/Let Me Drink Great Quantities of Clear, Evil Liquor by Katie Schmid (Book Trailer) from Shadows on a River on Vimeo.

If you love this poem and the vibe, then we promise you’ll love this book. And we’ll love you for reading it. (I mean, we already love you, but we’ll love you even more.)