1. Nan Cuba
San Anto resident Nan Cuba wins the top prize not just for her lucid writing, but for her work with Gemini Ink, encouraging authors to pick up the pen and hone their talents into a storytelling force. As executive director of the nonprofit, Cuba is responsible for the program's community writing classes, their Autograph Series bringing in prestigious writers and the Writers in Communities initiative, working with "literarily underserved populations." Cuba obtained her MFA from Warren Wilson College and her work has appeared in LIFE, Antioch Review and Harvard Review. Her most recent work is "When Horses Fly," a short story exploring the fragility of relationships, in a letterpress-printed, handmade chapbook.
2. David Liss
3. Scott McDowell
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