Fall 2018 News

Even during the slow publishing days of summer, WWLA faculty and students managed to rack up the good news. Congratulations to all!

Lorryn Abbott’s short story “Reprieve” has been shortlisted for Fiction War’s Atom Bomb Prize and will be published in the magazine.

The International Women’s Writers Guild awarded Katie Barnes the 2018 Par Carr Prize for Short Fiction for her short story “Open Letter to Rose.” They will publish it online at the end of the year. Her essay “The Domino Effect” was a finalist in the 45th New Millennium Writing Awards.

In 2019, KERNPUNKT Press will publish The Skinned Bird, an essay collection by Chelsea Biondolillo (The Art and Craft of Fact in Nonfiction), the first creative nonfiction offering from the press.

Sara Campbell launched the Tiny Revolutions newsletter: “Notes on staying sane. For the high-functioning crazies among us.”

“Greedy Sleep,” an essay by Bernard Cooper (The Art of the Short Story), will be published in Granta this November.

Chris Daley (All the Nonfiction Genres; Nonfiction III: Application Workshop) was awarded a month-long residency by The Studios of Key West in the spring of 2019 to work on her novel in progress An Astonishing Force for Betterment. She was also offered a 2018 Summer Literary Seminars Contest Fellowship for her short story “Divine.”

Vanishing Twins, the new memoir from Leah Dieterich, will be released on September 4 and she'll appear at Skylight Books on September 7.

AGNI nonfiction editor Jennifer Alise Drew wrote a chapter on editing for The Craft of Editing (now out from Routledge). The book discusses works from AGNI (Vince Passaro), Orion (Robin Hemley), Guernica (Sybil Baker), and Two Thirds North (Friðrik Sólnes Jónsson). 

Claudia Fucigna’s essay “Spiritual B.O.” was published by Defenestration Magazine.

Anita Gill is the winner of the 2018 Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction for her essay “Hair.”

Tin House published Carrie Grinstead’s story, “I Have Her Memories Now.”

Ruth LeFaive’s short story “Clean Girls,” originally published in Split Lip Magazine, was chosen for Best Small Fictions 2018, edited by Aimee Bender.

"It’s My Kid’s First Day of School, and I’ll Cry If I Want To" by Elline Lipkin (Poetry I) was published at Kveller.

Rhoda Novak’s short story, “Facing the Unknown,” was chosen as the winner of the Palm Springs Writers Guild Discovery Contest. 

The paperback edition of A Perfect Universe, the 2018 story collection by Scott O’Connor (Novel I), will be released in October.

Sarah Osman’s story “True American” was serialized by Argot Magazine.

Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda was awarded The Strand Magazine Award for Best Novel.

Sally Stevens attended a workshop in San Francisco with Tom Jenks, editor of Narrative Magazine, last fall and she just celebrated her twentieth summer of participating in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival workshops.

Andrea Tate’s essay “Body” was published by Hippocampus Magazine.

Lauren Westerfield has joined the English department faculty at Washington State University (Pullman). She will also be the incoming nonfiction editor at WSU's online literary journal, Blood Orange Review. She’d love to see some WWLA submissions heading her way!

Thea Zimmer was accepted to Joy Williams’s short story workshop at the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar.