Category: Awards

Omer Friedlander wins Sonora Review Contest, judged by Rebecca Makkai

Even more good news from Omer Friedlander (Fiction ’19), who recently won the Sonora Review fiction contest for his story “Scheherazade and Radio Station 97.2 FM”!   Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, had this to say about Omer’s writing: “Scheherezade and Radio Station 97.2 FM has magic […]

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura wins Slapering Hol Chapbook Prize

We’re so excited to announce that Aaron Caycedo-Kimura (Poetry ’20) has won the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition! His chapbook Ubasute will be published in March 2021. Aaron says, My chapbook collection Ubasute is about my parents who have both passed away, my father in 2011 and my mother in 2015. These poems keep them […]

Ben Jackson wins second place in American Short(er) Fiction contest

Ben Jackson (Fiction 2018)  published a story in American Short Fiction!  “Karst” won second place in ASF’s American Short(er) Fiction contest.  Ben says that the story emerged from his relationship with his grandmother.  Read “Karst” (or hear Ben read it) here. Congratulations, Ben! Ben Jackson’s writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, American Short Fiction online, the […]

Val Otarod receives St. Botolph grant

We’re happy to announce that Val Otarod (Fiction ’20)  received an Emerging Artists Award this spring!  Given by the St. Botolph Club in Boston, this grant is one of New England’s most prestigious, and supports musicians and visual artists as well as writers.  We’re very proud to have had several St. Botolph award recipients from our […]

Omer Friedlander and Victor Yang Finalists for Nelson Algren, with Weike Wang as Judge

We’re so proud of Omer Friedlander (Fiction ’19) and Victor Yang (Fiction ’20), who were recently named finalists for the nationally-renowned Nelson Algren short story award! This prestigious contest, named in honor of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, honors five finalists and one winner out of several hundreds of entries from around the country. We’re so pleased […]

Jordan Coriza wins two contests

We’re so excited for Jordan Coriza (Fiction ’08) who has won two contests for his novel The Dead Phone!  Jordan won the Craft on Draft contest back in May, but he was recently interviewed by Dead Darlings, and you can check that out here. Jordan was also selected to be the Hotel Commonwealth’s Writer-in-Residence.  The prize […]

Omer Friedlander receives VSC fellowship

We’re so happy to announce that Omer Friedlander (Fiction 2019) has received a fully-funded Vermont Studio Center fellowship!  He will be in residence at VSC for four weeks in May 2020.  Before that, Omer is traveling to India on a Global Fellowship.  He is currently reading The White Book by Han Kang and We the Animals by Justin Torres. […]

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura publishes three poems

Wonderful news from one of our current poetry MFA’s, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, who has three poems forthcoming this fall!  Aaron was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize contest with two poems, “Artificial Flavors” and “Memorial.”  They will be published in the Fall 2019 issue of Crab Creek Review. In addition, Aaron’s ekphrastic ghazal “Sun in an Empty […]

Neshat Khan wins Boston Review short story contest

We’re so proud to announce that Neshat Khan (GRS ’18) recently won the Aura Estrada fiction prize (Boston Review) for her story “The Neighbors”!  The story was chosen by Alexander Chee, which he describes as “the story of two women figuring out the nature of a desire they don’t have words for, inventing a world […]

Rebecca Levi wins Mick Imlah award

We’re so proud of Rebecca Levi (Poetry ’18) who recently won third place in the Mick Imlah Poetry Prize!  The winning poem is called “December 31st” and was published in The Times Literary Supplement. Rebecca says: The thing about living in Colombia is that poems happen to you all the time. On December 31, 2017, they really did slaughter […]