Twenty-one authors and twenty-two stories will be published in American Fiction Volume 14, set for release in October 2015. Through blind review processing, more than four hundred stories were screened down to just twenty-two finalist titles, with one author having two stories make the cut. Our finalist judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, will select three of those stories as 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place winners, with cash awards going to each. We expect to announce the place winners in late September.
THANK YOU to all who submitted great stories for this series, which New Rivers Press has been publishing since 1997, and which Booklist has described as "A must-read collection for all short-fiction enthusiasts."
Our American Fiction Short Story Award 2014 finalists are (in no particular order):
|Nancy Aalgaard Hanson, for "Arlo Doyon"
Nancy Aalgaard Hanson grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She writes poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and has just completed her first novel. She resides in Moorhead, MN, where she teaches English.
| Jenny Lentz, for "Fixer-Upper"
Jenny Lentz holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
|Wendy Wakeman, for "The Fall"
Wendy Darwin Wakeman writes from Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
|Kara Whelan, for "Homecoming"
Kara Whelan was born in Spokane, WA. She is a graduate of Western Washington University where she received her degree in English Literature. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, two kids, and crazy dog.