Emma Shannon, BA ’20, Wins the PEN/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

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Emma Shannon’s story “Beat by Beat,” which originally appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine, was named a recipient of the PEN/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers this year. Shannon’s story is receiving a reprint in Catapult’s Best Debut Short Stories 2022.

The prize “recognizes 12 emerging writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website, and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers. The 12 winning stories are selected by a committee of three judges who are well-respected experts in the art of the short story.” The winning writers each receive a $2,000 cash prize along with the publication.

The 2022 winners include:

“A Wedding in Multan, 1978” (The Asian American Literary ReviewYasmin Adele Majeed
“All We Have Left is Ourselves” (ReckoningOyedotun Damilola Muees
“Beat by Beat” (Barrelhouse MagazineEmma Shannon
“For Future Reference: Notes on the 7-10 Split” (The Cincinnati Review) Patch Kirschenbaum
“Man, Man, Et Cetera”  (The Virginia Quarterly ReviewCal Shook
“Sacrilege” (BOMB MagazineEdward Salem
“The Black Kite and the Wind” (Virginia Quarterly ReviewErin Connal
“The Cacophobe” (PloughsharesSeth Wang
“The Chicken” (The White ReviewRZ Baschir
“Them Bones” (HobartCK Kane
“Work Wives” (Typehouse Literary MagazinePreeti Vangani
“Writing with Blood” (Flock) Catherine Bai