Porter House Review is committed to celebrating our contributors far beyond the day of publication. Our editors dedicate themselves to nominating our writers for all eligible awards, and we’re delight to highlight some of those honors here.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses selected Porter House Review as the winner of Best Debut Magazine during their annual Firecracker Awards. The judges were Laura Cogan, editor of Zyzzyva; Ruben Quesada, Poetry Editor of AGNI; and Alexandra Watson, the Executive Editor of Apogee Journal

From the Judges:

Porter House Review​ publishes well-crafted prose and verse that is attentive to form and captivating. The journal demonstrates inclusivity, publishing works by writers from a wide range of backgrounds and exploring expansive themes.”


Constance Renfrow‘s short story, “The Urg,” was awarded Best of the Net 2019 after winning Porter House Review‘s Editor’s Prize in Fiction.


Francine Witte‘s flash fiction piece, “Middle of Night,” was selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2020.


Lena Khalaf Tuffaha‘s essay, “Muhammad’s in Gaza,” was awarded Best of the Net 2020 after being selected as a finalist for Porter House Review‘s Editor’s Prize in Creative Nonfiction.


Cover of Best Debut Short Stories 2021Mackenzie McGee’s short story, “Re: Frankie,” won The 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, a prize that annually honors 12 emerging writers with $2,000 each for a debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website. “Re: Frankie” will appear in Best Debut Short Stories 2021 (Catapult).