Melissa Pritchard to Judge 2013 Short Story Prize

September 20, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that Melissa Pritchard will be serving as the finalist judge for Ruminate's 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize 

Melissa Pritchard is the author of nine award-winning books, including The Odditorium, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Stories Collection of the Year and an O, The Oprah Magazine Book of the Week and Summer Reading List selection.

Among other honors, her novels and and stories have received the Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, Carl Sandburg and O.Henry Awards, as well as Pushcart Prizes.Two of her books were New York Times Notable Book and Editor's Choice selections, another was a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great Writers" selection.

Pritchard's fiction has been featured in over sixty literary journals, including The Paris Review, The Southern Review, IMAGE: Art, Faith Mystery, A Public Space, and Gulf Coast. Pritchard has worked as a journalist in Afghanistan, India and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has appeared in various publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and The Wilson Quarterly. Her newest novel, Palmerino, will be published by Bellevue Literary Press, NYC, in January, 2014.

Currently, Pritchard teaches at Arizona State University and has served as a judge for the Flannery O'Connor and the PEN/Faulkner awards. Melissa Pritchard is the founder of The Ashton Goodman Grant, which works with The Afghan Women's Writing Project to fund education and promote literacy in Afghan women.

For more news and information on Pritchard, you can visit her personal website.

Ruminate Magazine will be accepting short story submissions until November 1, 2013. Please review the website for guidelines on submissions. You may submit your work for the Van Dyke Short Story Prize here. 

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