R221. New Prizewinning Short Story Collections from University and Independent Presses

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Join us for a reading from five recent prizewinning short story collections from university and independent presses.  Readers will include recent winners of the Juniper Prize in Short Fiction, the Elixir Press Fiction Award, the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.  Panelists will read a selection from their book and offer insights into the contest submission process. A Q/A will follow.


Anthony Varallo is the author of the short story collections Everyone Was There, This Day in History, Out Loud, and Think of Me and I'll Know. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

Venita Blackburn received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction 2016, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes.

Malinda McCollum is the author of the short story collection The Surprising Place, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Epoch, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at the College of Charleston.

Marian Crotty is the author of the story collection, What Counts as Love, winner of the John Simmons Award. She is an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland and an assistant editor at The Common.

Emily Geminder is the author of Dead Girls and Other Stories, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in AGNI, American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is a doctoral fellow in fiction at USC.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside