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Singer Awarded Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers

— by on September 5th, 2008

Margot Singer of Granville, Ohio has been named recipient of the 2008 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, awarded annually by Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University, for her book The Pale of Settlement from the University of Georgia Press (2007). The book is also winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Singer’s stories and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review and Agni, and she is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Shenandoah’s Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay. She is an assistant professor of English at Denison University, where she holds the endowed Bosler Faculty Fellowship. Writers who have published one book of short fiction were eligible for consideration for the $2,500 prize.

Judge for the 2007 Glasgow Prize was Cathryn Hankla, who says Singer’s book “delves deep into the human need for both belonging and moral integrity.”

Next year’s Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers will go to a writer who has published only one book of poetry. The judge will be announced after the winner has been selected. Submissions should be sent to R. T. Smith, c/o The Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Avenue, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-2116 and must be postmarked between March 15 and March 31, 2009. All contestants should include a vita, one copy of the submitted book, one unpublished story not under submission elsewhere, an sase and a submission fee of $25, (either from the author or publisher), which also brings a year’s subscription to Shenandoah. Books submitted for consideration will not be returned and will be donated to the Washington and Lee University library after the contest has been judged.

See www.shenandoah.wlu.edu for more information about Shenandoah or The Shenandoah/ Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers.