Congratulations to Ben Lof, winner of The Malahat Review‘s 2021 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Lof won with his piece “Naked States.”
The story begins:
In January, Frank said to April, No more alcohol. This was not a New Year’s resolution. The vermouth pancakes tasted only of vermouth.
April said, Who the heck is named “Frank” anymore? I mean, what is this, the 1960s?
Frank said, That’s the booze talking, that kind of meanness. You used to be witty.
Oh? said April. I’m still witty, pal. Got buckets and buckets of wit.
So they dropped alcohol.
Lof was also interviewed for this issue, and you can check out the interview on The Malahat Review‘s website.