Endowed in perpetuity by the Glenna Luschei Fund for Excellence

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize

2015 Winners

2015 Fiction Prize goes to “One-Hundred Knuckled Fist” by Dustin M. Hoffman

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for 2015 goes to “One-Hundred Knuckled Fist” by Dustin M. Hoffman. He will receive a $3,000 prize and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. Hoffman spent ten years painting houses in Michigan before getting his MFA from Bowling Green State University and his PhD from Western Michigan University. His stories have recently appeared in Pleiades, Smokelong Quarterly, Bat City Review, Midwestern Gothic, JukedCimarron ReviewThe Journal, and Threepenny Review. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

2015 Poetry Prize goes to “Cannibal” by Safiya Sinclair

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for 2015 goes to “Cannibal” by Safiya Sinclair. She will receive a $3,000 prize and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Catacombs, a chapbook of poetry and essays, (Argos Books, 2011). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, the Cincinnati Review, the Journal, Devil's Lake, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a writing fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, an Emerging Writer Fellowship from Aspen Summer Words, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is currently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow.