Dzanc Books is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize: Dead Girls by Emily Geminder. In addition to publication in Fall 2017, the prize also comes with a $1,000 advance.
Dead Girls circles around questions of the body and memory in the aftermath of violence, while dead girls both literal and metaphorical appear again and again: as obsession, as threat, as a literal cadaver on a dissection table, national narratives and collective nightmares. The characters include a teenage runaway, a crew of bomber pilots, and young journalists in Cambodia, all on the run from their own stories and often finding they are possessed by the things they cannot say.
“We were immediately captivated by the lyric artistry and emotional force of Geminder’s collection,” said Michelle Dotter, senior editor at Dzanc Books. “Dead Girls is innovative and memorable from the first page—unusual in the best kind of way.”
Geminder, a doctoral fellow in fiction at the University of Southern California and winner of a fellowship award from the Vermont Studio Center, said of receiving the prize: “I couldn't be happier to have my short story collection published by Dzanc. Writing stories is a long strange journey and it's wonderful to think of them going out into the world.”
The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize was created to recognize daring, original, and innovative writing. Dzanc Books is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization not only committed to producing quality literary works but providing creative writing instruction in public schools through the Dzanc Writers-in-Residence program and offering low-cost workshops for aspiring authors. Dzanc Books also runs annual prizes for the novel and nonfiction. For more information on the house, upcoming titles, and other prize winners, please visit www.dzancbooks.org