The Yale Daily News Magazine is thrilled to publish the winners of the 2022 Wallace Prize. The Wallace Prize recognizes previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction by Yale undergraduates. All submissions were judged anonymously by professional writers, who also decided the number of prizes and the places of the winners. Winners receive a substantial monetary award and their pieces are published in a special issue of the Yale Daily News Magazine.

Read the digital issue here.



First Place: “Carcass Balancing” by Elliot Lewis ’23
Second Place: “Unearthed” by Ana Padilla Castellanos ’24
Third Place: “Tor Olsson’s Reputation Precedes Him” by Audrey Kolker ’25

Honorable Mention: “Watery Vignettes of Where We’ve Been, of Where We’re Headed” by John Nguyen ’24
Honorable Mention: “Yamaha, Jr.” by Eric Krebs ’22



First Place: “Cherry” by Isabelle Qian ’24
Runner-Up: “The Rubber Band Test” by John Nguyen ’24
Runner-Up: “The Whistle of a Pressure Cooker” by Arinjay Singhai ’22


Learn more about the winners here.

Thank you to the many students who submitted and the anonymous judges who volunteered their time and expertise.