The First-Book Scholarship

In an effort to support equality and accessibility within literary publishing, Gasher Press is pleased to offer a $250 scholarship to an emerging writer currently submitting their first-book manuscript, in order to assist in the covering of submission costs for contests and open reading periods. 

2020 Winner

Sam Ferrante

GASHER Journal is pleased to announce Sam Ferrante as the winner of the 2020 First-Book Scholarship for her manuscript No More Odes to My Mouth.

Sam Ferrante is a queer poet, teacher, and editor who received her MFA from Butler University in 2020. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has been lucky enough to have featured with La Mama Poetica, Melbourne Spoken Word, Passionate Tongues, and a couple other spots. Her work has appeared in Turnpike, Foundlings, Ghost City Review, Blowing Raspberries, and elsewhere. She is currently the Poetry Co-Editor at Booth and cannot wait to read your work. 

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


Katherine Indermaur  Facing the Mirror: An Essay

Jasmine Ledesma  My Head, The Color Factory

Sean Cho A.  Contemporary Day

David Capps  Drawn in Evening Light

Samantha Schaefer  i cut the things with a large knife.

Editorial Board

Whitney Kerutis

Erin Armstrong

Ethan Cohen

Rachel Cruea

Rushi Vyas

Past Winners

2019 Winner:




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