College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

English Chair Wins Fiction Prize

Date: February 7, 2013

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE PRIZE IN FICTION http://unboxedbooks.com/

W.P. Osborn, Seven Tales and Seven Stories

Judged by Francine Prose

The winner of the 2013 Unboxed Books Prize in Fiction is a short story collection, as the title suggests, whose “weird obsessiveness and bizarre poetry” Judge Francine Prose “found irresistible.”

Winner W.P. Osborn writes:

“That contest judge Francine Prose and the Unboxed editors had liked the disparate work in the manuscript and would allow it to be gathered between covers pleases me a very great deal. I know this prize and publication will open positive new directions in my writing life. I’m extremely grateful for this! But I am beyond thrilled to be present at the debut of this new press. Even days later it’s difficult to believe my good fortune in being associated with those who have invented this imprint and with the organizations it connects to.”

W.P. Osborn has lived in California, Ohio, New York, and Germany. His fiction appears in such venues as Southern Humanities Review, Texas Review, Hotel Amerika, Mississippi Review, Gettysburg Review, and Beloit Fiction Journal. He currently chairs the Department of English at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Contest judge Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction bookReading Like a Writer was a New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel is My New American Life.She is the former president of PEN American Center.

The prize is furnished by the deGroot Foundation, in association with Provincetown Arts.

Unboxed Books would like to thank all who shared their work with us by submitting to our contest.

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