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Prairie Schooner News

2011 Best American Recognition

The Best American Series released its 2011 versions in October, and there were several Prairie Schooner connections to note:

Eric Barnes' story "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful" (Winter 2010) was anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories.

Floyd Skloot's essay "Something to Marvel At" (Fall 2010) was a notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Katie Chase's "The Sea that Leads to All Seas" (Winter 2010) and R.T. Smith's "The Red Jar" (Spring 2010) were notables in Best American Short Stories.

Janet Abbott Dutton's "Old Enough" (Winter 2010), Josip Novakovich's "Cat Named Sobaka" (Spring 2010), and Tracy Seeley's "Cartographies of Change" (Summer 2010) were notables in Best American Essays.

In addition, congratulations to the UNL/Prairie Schooner writers Carrie Shipers ("Ghost Traffic" from Zone 3), Joy Castro ("Grip" from Fourth Genre), and Sarah Fawn Montgomery ("Ekphrasis: What My Grandfather Saw" from Fugue) for earning notable status in Best American Essays.

New Book Prize Series Coordinator

Prairie Schooner is excited to announce its new Book Prize Coordinator, Hali Sofala.

From Georgia, Sofala is a first-year Ph.D. student in poetry, with a specialization in women’s and ethnic studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sofala has most recently taught at Augusta State University, where she also worked as the Textbook Manager for the University’s campus bookstore, and her poems have been published in journals such as Anderbo, Inner Weather, The Literary Bohemian, and The Peacock’s Feet.

The annual Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series next opens for submissions on January 15, 2012. View submission guidelines here.