Carmen Maria Machado wins 2018 Bard Prize for Fiction

book cover of Her Body and Other Parties
October 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Workshop alumnus Carmen Maria Machado has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2018. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a cash award and appointment as writer-in-residence at the College for one semester. Machado is receiving the prize for her debut novel, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press, 2017).

The Bard Fiction Prize committee writes: “The eight stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties range playfully from a brilliant riff on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to an apocalypse glimpsed incidentally through one woman’s sexual encounters to an obsessive exegesis of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that balloons into a hallucinatory, epic tapestry.  Machado’s stories are bizarre, hilarious, sexy, and addictively entertaining while troubling, complex ideas about femininity, queerness, gender, and sexuality lurk around the corner of every sentence. This book is an oddball masterpiece.”

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging American writer. Previous winners of the prize include Bennett Sims, Karen Russell, Nathan Englander, Peter Orner, and Fiona Maasel.

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Bard Fiction Prize