PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers Nominations

And it’s time for another set of nominations! A huge part of our mission is publishing new writers. We try to feature a debut poetry or fiction piece in every issue and highlight it on the website, and today it was an honor to submit three stories for recognition.

The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers.

Twelve winning writers will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be honored at the annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City. We wish our nominees the best of luck!

Barbara Gruska for The Sunstick

Emmalie Dropkin for A Lamentation of Swans

Kristen Havens for Saint Patient

Best of the Net Nominations

We are so very excited to announce our best of the net nominees for 2016:

Creative nonfiction:

The Day You Find Out Your Uncle Was Gunned Down By Police by Lis Anna-Langston


Echoes of Time by Annette Covrigaru

We Belong to the Sky by Ser Anderson


My Father Was a Beekeeper by James Croal Jackson

Palm Lines by Michael Mira

The Red-Winged Bird by Paris Norris

Best of luck to our nominees!