The impressive award news just keeps coming for SWLF alumni this spring! Kerry Hill (MFA ’15) was awarded the 2015 Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction for her short story “Monuments” in mid-May.
Contest judge Kris Saknussemm called the story “poignantly vivid” and noted Kerry’s “deft and deeply human touch” in the story. The central character, Saknussemm notes, is so fully realized that readers “take on her pain, memories, embarrassments, and longings, without any chance of resistance.”
Kerry feels “pretty amazing” about the award, especially because “it’s the first time I’ve won anything–ever.” It’s a strong way to finish her time at OSU, and she notes that the prize makes her feel “motivated and optimistic” as she approaches graduation.
The prize comes with a $1,000 award, and is part of the Center for Women Writers’ International Literary Awards at Salem College.