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Elizabeth Oness Wins the Gival Press Novel Award

An Award-winning Independent Press PO Box 3812 ~ Arlington, VA 22203 ~ Tel: 703.351.0079 ~ ~ _____________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

(Arlington, VA) September 5, 2007—Elizabeth Oness has won the Third Annual Gival Press Novel Award.

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Oness of Winona, Minnesota has won the Third Annual Gival Press Novel Award for her novel Twelve Rivers of the Body. Oness will receive $3,000.00 and her novel will be published in 2008.

Twelve Rivers of the Body lyrically evokes downtown Washington, DC in the 1980s, before the real estate boom, before gentrification, as the city limped from one crisis to another–crack addiction, AIDS, a crumbling infrastructure. This beautifully evoked novel traces Elena\’s imperfect struggle, like her adopted city\’s, to find wholeness and healing.”—Kim Roberts, judge for the Gival Press Novel Award

Biography: Elizabeth Oness\’s stories and poetry have appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and other magazines. Her stories have received an O. Henry Prize, a Nelson Algren Award, and her story collection Articles of Faith was selected for the 2000 Iowa Short Fiction Prize. Her first novel Departures was published by Penguin in 2004. She directs marketing and development for Sutton Hoo Press, a literary fine press, and lives in rural Minnesota.

Finalists: Honorable Intentions by Rachel Mork of Huntersville, North Carolina.

Fire Hollow by Melissa Zobel of Old Mystic, Connecticut.

Chantal by Louella Byrant of Lincoln, Vermont.

The Trion Syndrome by Tom Glenn of Ellicott City, Maryland.

Judge: Her manuscript was read anonymously and chosen by the final judge Kim Roberts, editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and author of The Kimnama.


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