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Elaine Ray Wins the 2016 Gival Press Short Story Award


Elaine Ray of Stanford, California has won the 2016 Gival Press Short Story Award. Her story titled Pidgin was chosen by Thomas H. McNeely. The award carries a prize of $1K and publication in the ejournal, ArLiJo.

Praise for Pidgin: “In fewer than twenty pages, Pidgin sketches a world of its narrator of color’s post-colonial migration, political activism, and imprisonment within the choices offered him by history. At the same time, it’s a narrative that seems shaped by mysteries that transcend and yet throw into sharp relief its political moment, the chief one being the brilliant voice of its narrator, who is at once mercilessly exposed and utterly enigmatic. Elaine Ray is a writer who plays by her own rules, and is a writer to watch.”—Thomas H. McNeely, judge and author of Ghost Horse


Finalists: Primal Voice by Dariel Suarez of Brighton, MA. Late Chrysalis, Early Summer by Kate Simonian of Lubbock, TX. The Passing of Diamond Dave by Lones Seiber of Morristown, TN. Kumander Tisoy by Victoria Smith of Des Moines, IA.

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