ANNOUNCING THE 2010 AMANDA DAVIS HIGHWIRE FICTION AWARD.
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When Amanda was writing the stories that would become her firstcollection, Circling the Drain, she worked a number of ridiculous jobsto make ends meet. (At one point she was writing copy for televisionads for newspaper tabloids.) Her second published story, "Fat LadiesFloated in the Sky Like Balloons," appeared in the second issue ofMcSweeney's and was everything we were looking for in fiction—it wasbold, funny, experimental, lyrical, and ended without any conventionalsort of resolution. She was at her best when she was at her most brave.Her first novel, Wonder When You'll Miss Me, concerned a teenage girlwho leaves high school under cloudy circumstances and joins the circus.
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This memorial award is intended to aid a young woman writer of 32 yearsor younger who both embodies Amanda's personal strengths—warmth,generosity, a passion for community—and who needs some time to finish abook in progress. The book in progress needn't be thematically orstylistically close to Amanda's work, but we would be lying if we saidwe weren't looking to support another writer of Amanda's outrageouslyricism and heart.
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Requirements and Guidelines
Applicants should send a work in progress, between 5,000 and 40,000words, and a statement of their financial situation. You may list anyand all ridiculous jobs performed to facilitate your writing, and youmay include two other short pieces, published or otherwise, which willbe read if you feel they would help in the understanding of your workgenerally. The reading group will consist of McSweeney's editors and ahandful of writers and readers close to Amanda.
The award of $2,500 will be given in one lump-sum grant, with nostrings attached. The deadline is December 1, 2010. Winners will benotified by March 1, 2011. Send materials, with SASE, to:
The Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award
849 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
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