Omer Friedlander wins Sonora Review Contest, judged by Rebecca Makkai

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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 and chance and surprise at every corner — but most importantly, it has corners. This is a story where things change, and then change again, and then change again, and not in ways anyone could see coming. I found it captivating and different, and I’d follow this writer anywhere.”

Hearty congratulations, Omer!  We’re excited for you.

Omer Friedlander grew up in Tel-Aviv. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MFA from Boston University where he was the Saul Bellow Fellow in Fiction. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary magazines in the US, UK, Canada, France, Israel and Singapore, including The Common, The Ilanot Review, The Mays Anthology, Paris Lit Up, and others. His writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Work-Study Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Tin House Summer and Winter Workshops, and Wellspring House Residency. He was awarded first place in the Shmuel Traum Literary Translation Prize and the Baltimore Review winter contest, and was recently a finalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award.

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