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2017 Hudson Prize Winner

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The Creative Writing Programs alum Beth Mayer (MFA '08) has won Black Lawrence Review's 2017 Hudson Prize! Her short story collection, We Will Tell You Otherwise, her debut book, will be published in the summer of 2019. 


On Writing We Will Tell You Otherwise:

My collection of short stories, my first book, has been many years in the making. It took some time for me to get busy writing. I thought that I was waiting for something, but the truth was I just needed to grant myself permission.

When I was ready, the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis became my first writing home. There I began to learn the craft of fiction. I was just brazen and naïve enough to send my work out to places beyond my reach. With generosity, Wendy Lesser took a chance on an unknown writer and selected one of my stories for The Threepenny Review. A revision of this first published story appears in We Will Tell You Otherwise.

Later, when my two children were young, I completed my MFA at Hamline University. My professors welcomed me, treating my work with the care and seriousness it deserved. I wrote in coffee shops, YMCA lobbies, and at my kitchen table when my children were asleep. Writing and revising one story at a time, year after year as I was, felt possible with a young family. But now I think that it was also essential. Like deliberately entering and solving a troubling dream...

Read more from Beth and an excerpt from We Will Tell You Otherwise

Congratulations, Beth!