Famous Children and Famished Adults, by Evelyn Hampton, has won the 2018 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. Evelyn Hampton is the author of Discomfort (Ellipsis Press) and The Aleatory Abyss (Publishing Genius).
Once Into the Night, by Aurelie Sheehan, has won the 2018 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and three short story collections. Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Mississippi Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and other journals. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona.
Since I began teaching in the PhD Creative Writing Program at University of Utah 15 years ago, I have become increasingly aware of the explosions, fusions, and transformations of fictional forms. My colleagues and students are brilliantly innovative, and their work challenges me aesthetically, intellectually, ethically, spiritually, and emotionally.
The stories of Girls in the Grass emerged between 1977 and 1989, and the piece that made the invention or re-imagining of all others possible is not included. “Catch You Later” appeared in Ploughshares in 1987. It’s a simple story: a woman dumped by her boyfriend and dizzy on downers staggers into a restaurant, hoping for a glass of white wine and a moment’s peace.
Every year FC2 awards the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.