Sometimes when delivering good news, the writer will try to couch things in a modest, respectful tone—“oh, I’m so lucky” or, “oh, I’m so grateful.”
Don’t get me wrong: I’m definitely grateful, and I’m feeling lucky. This is a tough business, and luck is as important here as anywhere else. And being from the Midwest, I try to be modest and respectful, hogging attention for myself only carefully and studiously.
But. This is big and happy news, and I’ve got to drop the qualifiers and celebrate:
My manuscript of short stories won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize! My book, THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST, will be published in the fall of 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press! Oh, yay!
Read more about the University of Pittsburgh Press here, and see the official announcement.
Here is more information about the founder of the prize, Drue Heinz, who is also the publisher of the Paris Review.
Here are three of the stories that appear in THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST:
From Shenandoah, flash fiction: “Acquiescence”
From The Sun, short fiction: “Ten Things”From r.kv.r.y, short fiction: “I Am the Widow”