2012–13 Awards for Narrative Authors


Congratulations to the following writers,
whose works received notable distinctions in 2012–2013:

Alice Munro has received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her mastery of the short story. She is the thirteenth woman to win the $1.2 million prize, awarded each year to a writer for a lifetime body of work. Two of Munro’s stories, including the lead story from her latest collection, can be found in our Archive.

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s short story “Nemecia” was selected for The Best American Short Stories, 2013 and won first place in Narrative’s Spring 2012 Story Contest. Quade was also named a 2013 winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Each year the Rona Jaffe Foundation awards six $30,000 prizes to emerging women writers singled out for excellence and exceptional talent.

David Bradley’s short story “You Remember the Pin Mill” has received notable mention in The Best American Short Stories, 2013. Bradley’s nonfiction has also appeared in Narrative.

Anthony Marra has won the National Book Critics Circle’s first-ever John Leonard Award for his novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. An excerpt from the novel can be found in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2012–2013 issue. In 2012, Marra received the Whiting Writers’ Award, which every year provides $50,000 each to ten emerging authors, allowing them to write. Marra won the $4,000 Narrative Prize in 2012 after his first published story, “Chechnya,” appeared in Narrative, followed by several other stories and an essay.The Palace of the People” was selected to appear in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

James Salter has been named one of the first recipients of the Donald Windham–Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University for his outstanding achievement in fiction. Salter’s award is one of nine Windham Campbell prizes of $150,000 awarded this year, one of the largest literary prizes in the world. Selections from Salter’s work, including audio and video readings, essays, and a novel excerpt, can be found in Narrative’s archives. For an intimate look into Salter’s life and work, Andrew Southam’s exclusive gallery on the award-winning author “A Writer’s Life” is available in Narrative’s Spring 2013 issue.

E. L. Doctorow has won the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation and the 2012 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, acknowledging him in the highest rank of American literature. His short story “The Writer in the Family” can be found in Narrative’s Fall 2012 issue.

Bridget Quinn’s essay “At Swim, Two Girls” has been selected to appear in The Best American Sports Writing, 2013. “One-on-One,” Quinn’s essay on basketball, as well as her memoir “Smokehouse,” can be found in Narrative’s archives.

Matthew Nienow has been named one of five winners of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. The five $15,000 scholarship prizes, open to poets between twenty-one and thirty-one years old, are intended to encourage the study and writing of poetry. Nienow was awarded a finalist placement in Narrative’s 2012 N30B Contest for his poems “Self-Portrait with Hammer” and “Reprise.”

Wendell Berry has been named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award. The $10,000 prize has been awarded to Berry for his dedication to the promotion of people living at peace with their environment. Berry’s essay “A Matter of Necessity” is available in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2011–2012 issue.

Nathan Poole’s story collection Father Brother Keeper has been named the 2013 winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The $2,000 prize from Sarabande Books includes publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. Poole’s short story “Stretch Out Your Hand” has also received a notable mention in The Best American Short Stories, 2013. “Stretch Out Your Hand” originally won First Place in Narrative’s Fall 2011 Story Contest and received the Narrative Prize in 2012.

Jennifer duBois’s novel A Partial History of Lost Causes has received the 2013 Northern California Book Award for Best Fiction. DuBois was also made a 2012 honoree of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 celebration of young fiction writers. An excerpt from the award-winning novel can be found in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2011–2012 issue.

Dan Gerber’s poetry collection Sailing Through Cassiopeia has received the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award for Poetry. Selections from Gerber’s work can be found in Narrative, including poetry readings, an ipoem, and nearly twenty poems.

Robert Olen Butler has been named the 2013 winner of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature at Montgomery College. Butler is the seventeenth recipient of the award, joining such writers as William Styron, John Barth, Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow, Norman Mailer, John Updike, Edward Albee, and Grace Paley. Butler will formally receive the award, give a public talk to all conference attendees, and teach a master class for select students at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in Rockville, Maryland, in October. Selections from Butler’s work, including short stories, video readings, novel excerpts, and handwritten pages from early drafts of Butler’s first novel, The Alleys of Eden, can be found in Narrative’s archives. Butler’s Weegee Stories can also be found in the Narrative Store.

Madhuri Vijay’s short story “Lorry Raja” has been selected for The Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2013. “Lorry Raja” also won First Place in Narrative’s 2011 N30B Contest and is Vijay’s first published story.

Marianne Boruch’s poetry collection The Book of Hours has received the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The $100,000 prize is one of the largest poetry awards in America. Selections from Boruch’s work can be found in Narrative’s archives, including four poems from her winning poetry collection, The Book of Hours.

Richard Bausch has been named the 2012 winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. The $30,000 prize is awarded annually to a writer whose work has made a “significant contribution to the discipline of the short story form.” More than a dozen selections from Bausch’s work can be found in Narrative’s archives, including “Islands,” an excerpt from his novel, Before, During, After.

Terese Svoboda has been named one of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 2013 Fellows for Fiction. Selections from Svoboda’s work, including short stories and poetry, can be found in Narrative’s archives. Svoboda’s poem “Decapitated” won second place is Narrative’s Fourth Annual Poetry Contest.

Tessa Mellas has received the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her short story collection Lungs Full of Noise. A story from the collection, “Bibi from Jupiter,” can be found in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2012–2013 issue.

W. S. Merwin has been named the first recipient of the International Zbigniew Herbert Prize, awarded by the Warsaw-based Zbigniew Herbert Foundation. The $50,000 prize is awarded in memory of the late Polish writer. Selections from W. S. Merwin’s work can be found in Narrative’s archives.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s collection of short fiction Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club received the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The first story in the collection, “He Has Gone to Be with the Women,” first published in Narrative, can be found in our Stories of the Week: 2010–2011 issue.

Natalie Diaz has received a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship. The Lannan Foundation describes itself as “dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities.” Poetry from Diaz’s latest collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), can be found in Narrative’s Poems of the Week: 2012–2013 issue.

Maria Hummel has been awarded the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her poetry manuscript House and Fire. Selections from Hummel’s work can be found in Narrative’s Fall 2011 issue.

Tomás Q. Morín has been named runner-up for the $5,000 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, awarded to a new and emerging poet. Morín also released his poetry collection, A Larger Country, 2012 winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Says Tom Sleigh, in the introduction to the volume, “Tomás Q. Morín’s poems are as infectious and spooky and darkly humorous as the Brothers Grimm, as shapely and colloquial and eloquent as John Donne, and as skeptical and addicted to history-as-fable as Zbigniew Herbert.” Poetry from Morín can be found in Narrative’s Spring 2012 issue.

Will Schutt has been named a winner in the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Yale University Press will publish Schutt’s poetry collection, Westerly, in April 2013. His poem “Beach Lane” can be found in Narrative’s Winter 2012 issue.

Aleksandra Crapanzano’s essay “The Magic Piano” received an honorable mention in The Pushcart Prize Series, 2013. More selections from Crapanzano’s work can be found in Narrative.

Ben Lerner’s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, has been named runner-up for the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Selections from Lerner’s work can be found in Narrative’s Fall 2009 issue.

Shann Ray’s collection of short stories American Masculine received the 2012 American Book Award. A story from American Masculine,Mrs. Secrest,” first published in Narrative, can be found in our Fall 2005 issue.

Paula McLain’s short story “Trust” has been selected to appear in the 2013 edition of New Stories from the Southwest. McLain’s story appeared in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2009–2010 issue.

Lucia Perillo’s poetry collection On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths has been named a “100 Notable Books of 2012” by The New York Times, highlighting Perillo for her “taut, lucid poems filled with complex emotional reflection.” Selections from Perillo’s work can be found in Narrative’s Fall 2008 issue.

Dean Young’s poetry collection Bender: New and Selected Poems has been named a “Best Books of 2012” by NPR. Selections from Young’s work can be found in Narrative’s Winter 2010 issue.