2016 Award Winner | The Loss of All Lost Things
2016 Award Winner for Contemporary – Literary and Short Fiction
A short story collection that illuminates the beauty that can be found in inconsolable loss. Gautier leads us through terrible reality but leaves us with the promise of hope and redemption. Contest judge, Phong Nguyen had this to say about it: “Literary fiction that grips us and won’t let us go is notoriously rare. To offer us complex emotional experience and riveting narrative momentum, and then to leave the reader in contemplation of its sophisticated themes and subtle weave of objective correlatives… that is the stuff of literary greatness, of art that demands to be read in conversation with the canon…Gautier’s stories have you by the throat, and they surprise you with their mercy.”
Scholar ? Author ? Professor
Amina Gautier?is the author of three award-winning short story collections:?The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the?Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction?a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and?At-Risk, which won the?Flannery O?Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. More than eighty-five of her short stories have been published and her fiction appears in?African American?Review,?African Voices,?Agni, Antioch Review, B&A: New Fiction, Cicada, Chattahoochee Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, Iconoclast, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Notre Dame Review,, Pindeldyboz, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Quarter After Eight, Red Rock Review, River Styx, Salt Hill, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Storyquarterly, Studio Magazine, Sycamore Review, Timber Creek Review, Today?s Black Woman, Torch,?and?Yemassee?among other places. Gautier?s work has been extensively reprinted, appearing in?All About Skin! Women Writers of Color, Best African American Fiction 2009, Best African American Fiction 2010, Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, New Stories from the South: The Year?s Best, 2008, The Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years, The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Contemporary Women Writers on Forerunners in Fiction,?25 Provocative Women Writers?and?Voices.?
Gautier has been the recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize, the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the William Richey Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction. She has also received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her fiction has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from?American Antiquarian Society,?The Besty Hotel, Breadloaf Writer?s Conference,?Callaloo Writer?s Workshop; Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers;?Hurston/Wright Foundation Writer?s Workshop,?Kimbilio,?Kimmel Harding Nelson Center,?Key West Literary Seminars;?MacDowell Colony;?Prairie Center of the Arts;?Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writer?s Conference,?Ucross Foundation;?Vermont Studio Center?and?Writers in the Heartland.
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