February 6, Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is pleased to announce that Kirstin Allio is the winner of our 2014 short story collection contest. Allio’s manuscript, Clothed, Female Figure, was selected from more than 250 submissions. This collection will be published in the Fall 2016.
Steve Gillis, publisher and co-founder at Dzanc Books, notes: “Kirstin has that unique quality to her writing that conveys both the real and the mystical, an understanding of the human heart that is as powerful as it is inspired. As a writer, she’s incredibly well-grounded, and yet at the same time she’s able to take that instinct for realism and push it to tell stories that go beyond simply words on a page, stories that become vital and visceral the moment you read them. Clothed, Female Figure is a brilliantly rendered collection, and we at Dzanc are extremely proud and excited to publish it.”
“Thanks to Dzanc for the thrill of extending these stories to a wider audience, and for its commitment to the short story collection as a form,” Allio said. “It must be one of the greatest literary pleasures to find connections across and between stories, illuminating bridges and currents; amplifying whispers, echoes, and occasional melodies. Gee whiz, I know, but it’s wonderful to see how a handful of stories make a book!”
ABOUT KIRSTIN ALLIO
Kirstin Allio’s novel Garner (Coffee House) was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, a PEN/O. Henry prize, and other honors for her short stories and essays. She lives in Providence, RI, with her husband and sons.