Willow Springs Books, a literary press housed in Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers, is pleased to announce that Valerie Vogrin has won the 2018 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Vogrin’s collection, Things We’ll Need For The Coming Difficulties, was selected by 2018 judge Karen Karbo. Vogrin receives $2000 and her collection will be published November 2019.
Valerie Vogrin is the author of the novel Shebang. Her short stories have appeared in print in journals such as Ploughshares, AGNI, and The Los Angeles Review, online at Hobart and Bluestem, and in The Best Small Fictions 2015. In 2010 she was awarded a Pushcart Prize. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She lives with her husband, dog, and cat on a tiny unnamed lake in Moro, Illinois.
Previous winners of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction include Molly Giles, Jaclyn Watterson, and Dariel Suarez, whose collection was a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards. The 2019 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction will be judged by Kevin Canty.