First-Book Scholarship

2019 Winner

Maeve Holler

GASHER Journal is pleased to announce Maeve Holler as the winner of the 2019 First-Book Scholarship of $500 for her manuscript WE TALK IN BLOSSOMS.

Maeve Holler is a poet from Shelton, Connecticut. She is currently the Managing Editor for the literary magazine Sinking City and candidate in the University of Miami's MFA program. In 2017, she received her BA in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. Maeve’s work, which focuses on depicting working-class experiences and retelling familial folklore, has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, Scalawag, The Cardiff Review, Wildness, Mantra Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine, and elsewhere. 

A list of finalists as well as the editorial board for this year's scholarship are listed below.


Uma Menon  hands for language

Katherine Gaffney  Fool in a Blue House

Gnaomi Siemens  The Errant

Kristin Macintyre  Lush the Cradle

Katherine Indermaur  Girl Descends Asunder


Editorial Board

Whitney Kerutis

Erin Armstrong

Ethan Cohen

Rachel Cruea

First-Book Scholarship for 2020 has closed. Please check back for our next scholarship submissions period.