Announcing Our TQ24 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winner of the TQ24 Prose Open Prize.

Gail Upchurch is a writer of young adult and adult fiction. She is a 2021 Tin House YA Scholar, a 2021 Community Of Writers Scholar, and a finalist for the 2021 Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize. Gail also holds a PhD from Binghamton University’s creative writing program, an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction from Chicago State University, and a BA in English from Howard University (HU! You Know!). Her recent short stories can be found in The Missouri Review and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and she is currently at work on a young adult novel about a disabled teenage abortion survivor, the boy with whom she falls in love, and the power of choice. Originally from the south side of Chicago, Gail now lives in Maryland with three kiddos and a hubs. When she’s not making up stories, she plays the piano really, really badly, eats cheesy snacks, and teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park. You can find Gail at gailupchurchwriter.comand on Twitter @upchurch_gail.


Congratulations to the winner of the TQ24 Poetry Prize.

Alfredo Aguilar is the author of On This Side of the Desert (Kent State University Press 2020) selected by Natalie Diaz for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and the chapbook What Happens On Earth (BOAAT Press 2018). He is a recipient of 92Y’s Discovery Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Frost Place. His work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2017, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Born and raised in North County San Diego, he now resides in Central Texas.