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Contributors to Bard Literary Journal Conjunctions Win PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

Two contributors to Conjunctions, Bard College’s groundbreaking literary journal, have won the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers for their work in Conjunctions. The winning contributions are:

“Bad Northern Women” by Erin Singer, from Conjunctions:70, Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue (Spring 2018)

“The Unsent Letters of Blaise and Jacqueline Pascal” by Kelsey Peterson, from Conjunctions:71, A Cabinet of Curiosity (Fall 2018)

The award judges this year were Danielle Evans, Alice Sola Kim, and Carmen Maria Machado. The award comes with a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories anthology (via Catapult). Conjunctions and the winners were invited to the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Recently Conjunctions has been named a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 ASME Award for Fiction by the American Society of Magazine Editors, as well as the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award for General Excellence. “Skeleton, Rock, Shell” by Conjunctions contributor Sejal Shah was named a finalist for the inaugural Chautauqua Janus Prize. In addition, contributions to recent issues have been selected for The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize XLII: Best of the Small Presses, Best American Experimental Writing 2020, and Best American Essays 2018, and work from our pages has appeared in anthologies such as Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Learn more about the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Visit the Conjunctions website to read selections, browse the archive, and order issues.

Post Date: 03-01-2019