2021 Fiction Chapbook Contest Winner
The winner of the 2021 Fiction Chapbook Contest is Lynn Mundell, for her chapbook “Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us”, selected by Mira T. Lee. Congratulations, Lynn!!
Judge’s comments about the winning collection:
The wit, warmth, and skill of this writer struck me immediately. These stories are smart but not smart-alecky, quirky yet polished, broad in their emotional appeal and sharp in their resonance. Again and again, I was taken by surprise — by the originality of the prose, the ingenuity of each scenario, the impact delivered by such a small number of words. I felt for these characters — the sisters in “Cloise”, about to be split apart, the lonely boy in “Mother and Child”, the broken family in “Big Baby”, the pregnant women who refuse to dim their hopes in “Our Bright Lights On”. Though many of these stories are heart-rending, I also found myself smiling, uplifted. This collection and this writer are ready for prime time.
Lynn Mundell’s writing has been published in literary journals including Tin House, The Sun, Booth, and Five Points, and in the anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Company). Her work has placed in the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions short and long lists between 2017 and 2020, and earned the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She is co-founder and co-editor of 100 Word Story and co-editor of its anthology, Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost19). In 2020 she used her prize and publication monies to found an annual scholarship at her town’s high school for graduating seniors committed to studying creative writing at the college level.
Learn more about her work at https://lynnmundell.com/.