Fiction Collective Two announced the results of its two book contests, the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize and the FC2 Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest.
Tricia Bauer, of West Redding, Connecticut, was awarded the first annual FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her novel Father Flashes. The prize includes publication by FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, and $15,000. Melanie Rae Thon received special mention for her manuscript The Voice of the River. The judge was Carole Maso.
Sara Greenslit, of Madison, Wisconsin, has won this year’s FC2 Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest for her novel As If a Bird Flew by Me. The prize includes publication by FC2 and $1000. Kathleen M. McLaughlin, for her manuscript Burn, and Erin M. Kautza, for her manuscript Expiration Dates of Various Creatures, were both cited for special mention. The judge was Susan Steinberg.
Through these contests, Fiction Collective Two aims to publish and promote the work of writers of fiction deemed experimental, innovative, or too challenging for contemporary commercial presses.
Writers with at least three published books of fiction (story collections or novels or a combination) are eligible for the Doctorow Prize. The next judge will be Ben Marcus.
The Sukenick Prize is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Its next judge will be Kate Bernheimer.
The submission period for both contests is 15 August to 1 November. Visit the website, fc2.org, for further information and guidelines.