Becky Mandelbaum Wins Flannery O’Connor Award

Becky MandelbaumStories on Stage Davis author Becky Mandelbaum has won this year’s prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her story collection, Bad Kansas, will be published by University of Georgia Press in fall 2017. Read more about the award here.

Mandelbaum graduated from the creative writing master’s program at UC Davis in 2016 and was selected as the first-place winner of the annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest in 2015 and 2016. In May 2015 Andy Jones read Mandelbaum’s story “Queen of England”; in May 2016 Tara Henry read “Year of the Tree.” Both performances are available at our YouTube channel.

Guidelines for the 4th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest will be posted in early 2017.

(Photo by Anna Hurst)

Featured Authors 5/14/16

We’re happy to introduce the winners of this year’s Stage on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest, Becky Mandelbaum and Christina Turner. We can’t wait for you to hear their work!

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the winner of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Year of the Tree.” Mandelbaum is from Kansas but is currently finishing her second year in the Creative Writing MA program at UC Davis. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, The East Bay Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

 

 

Christina Turner

Christina Turner is the runner-up of the Third Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Quick and the Dead.” Turner is a native West Virginian, an adopted North Carolinian, and a second-year MA student in creative writing at UC Davis, where she has received the Elliot Gilbert Prize. Before coming to UC Davis, she received a Master of Divinity from Duke University. She writes short stories and essays and is at work on a novel about God, grief, and love in Appalachia.

Featured Authors 5/9/15

Becky MandelbaumBecky Mandelbaum is the winner of our second annual UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Queen of England.” She is a first-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but spent the last five years in Lawrence, where she received the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2013 Langston Hughes Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Kansas City Voices.

 

Lissa Miller

Lissa Miller is the runner-up in our second annual UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Armadillo.” She is a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis and holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Redlands. After working for twenty-five years in the field of adult secondary education, she now writes both fiction and poetry and lives in Martinez, California, with her family.