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Dzanc Books is nonprofit press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. In addition to publishing activities, Dzanc Books also supports the Disquiet International Literary Program.

Announcing the Winner of the Inaugural Open Borders Prize


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Announcing the Winner of the Inaugural Open Borders Prize

Guy Intoci

Dzanc Books is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize: Everything Lost Is Found Again by Will McGrath. In addition to publication in Fall 2018, the prize comes with a $5,000 advance. It was selected from a pool of hundreds of manuscripts by the editors of Dzanc Books and the staff of the Disquiet International Literary Festival, held each year in Lisbon, Portugal.  

As funny as it is heartfelt, this amalgamation of memoir and essay collection tells the story of twenty months the author spent in Lesotho, the small, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. Driven by a spirit of open-hearted cultural exchange, Everything Lost Is Found Again is a work of joyful absurdity and pop ethnography, an off-kilter celebration of our common human identity.

Dzanc Books Editor-in-Chief Michelle Dotter noted, “Before reading this book, I hadn’t had a chance to get to know Lesotho, but it’s impossible not to love it through McGrath’s eyes. Everything Lost Is Found Again is a narrative of joyful absurdity that hits you with a right hook at just the right time, every time.”

Will McGrath has written for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Foreign Affairs, and others, and has been honored with the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, Black Warrior Review’s Nonfiction Prize and The Southeast Review’s Narrative Nonfiction Prize.  He said of winning the prize: “I’m grateful to the contest judges and Dzanc Books, and I’m thrilled to present my love-drunk ballad to Lesotho.  I look forward to sharing this honor with my Basotho friends whose stories fill its pages.”

The Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize was established in 2017 to honor fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe. As the United States Government moves to erect barriers both physical and legal, Dzanc Books and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, strive to promote literature that crosses boundaries and to advocate for a diverse, global literary discourse.

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 novels and short story collections. For more information on the house, upcoming titles, and other prizewinners, please visit