Tony Wallace (Fiction 1999), now a senior lecturer in the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, has been awarded the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short stories, THE OLD PRIEST. As part of the prize, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish THE OLD PRIEST later this year.
The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. Past judges have included Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Rick Moody and Joan Didion. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Tony’s short story “The Old Priest,” which is included in the collection, was originally published in The Republic of Letters and was awarded a Pushcart Prize. The story appears in PPXXXVII (2013 edition) and has been reprinted in 236, the BU Creative Writing alumni literary magazine. His work has appeared in CutBank, The Atlanta Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Florida Review, and River Styx. Twice he has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.
Tony will teach CAS EN 305 A1, Writing of Fiction–an advanced workshop for undergraduates–for the BU Creative Writing Program this fall.