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Housatonic Book Award Winners / 2015

The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and its alumni organization, the MFA Alumni Writers Collaborative, are delighted to announce winners and finalists of the 2015 Housatonic Book Awards.

Congratulations to the winners, who will receive $1500 and will appear at residencies of the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing in 2016 for public reading and Master Classes.

This year’s fiction award was limited to nominations of genre fiction; in 2016, the fiction award will be open only to nominations of literary fiction. Guidelines for the 2016 awards will appear on this site in early 2016.

Fiction (Genre Fiction)

Winner: Red 1-2-3, by John Katzenbach, Grove Atlantic


The Rest Is Silence, by James Benn, Soho Press

The Forgers, by Bradford Morrow, Grove Atlantic

The Nature of Truth, by Sergio Troncoso, Arte Publico Press

Island Fog, by John Vanderslice, Lavender Ink




If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? by Matthea Harvey, Graywolf Press


Tree Line, by Judy Halebsky, New Issues Press

Bone Map, by Sara Eliza Johnson, Milkweed Editions

To the Bramble and the Briar, by Steve Scafidi, University of Arkansas Press

Complicity, by Adam Sol, McClelland & Stewart




The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison, Graywolf Press


Thrown, by Kerry Howley, Sarabande Books

Phoning Home, by Jacob Appel, University of South Carolina Press

Factory Man, by Beth Macy, Hachette Book Group

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, by Laura Silver, Brandeis Press




Beauty of the Broken, by Tawni Waters, Simon Pulse


The Carnival at Bray, by Jessie Ann Foley, Elephant Rock Books

Mending Horses, by M.P. Barker, Holiday House Books

Rory’s Promise, by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols, Boyds Mill Press

Steering Toward Normal, by Rebecca Petruck, Abrams Amulet Books


For a printable version of the results click 2015 Winners and Finalists.

Guidelines for 2016 will be posted in January.

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