2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize winners announced: $6,000 awarded

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Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced the winners for its annual awards for books of short fiction and poetry. The winners were chosen from more than 1,100 submissions from around the world.

Jennifer Perrine

The winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for 2014 is Jennifer Perrine for her manuscript, No Confession, No Mass. She will receive a $3,000 prize and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. Perrine is also the author of In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press, 2011), recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007), winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Jennifer teaches courses in creative writing and social justice and directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bryn Chancellor

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for 2014 goes to Bryn Chancellor for her manuscript, When Are You Coming Home?. She will receive a $3,000 prize and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. Chancellor’s short fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, and elsewhere. In 2014, she was selected as the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange winner in fiction, and she received a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Previous honors include a fellowship and a project grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. A graduate of Vanderbilt University's MFA program, she is an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She is married to the artist Timothy Winkler. 

The competition, in its twelfth year, runs Jan. 15 to March 15 annually. Submission details and a list of past winners are available online at https://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=book-prize/past-winners.

Founded in 1927, Prairie Schooner is a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at UNL. It publishes fiction, poetry, essays and reviews by beginning, mid-career, and established writers.