Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Do You Want a Nice Literary Prize? We Propose Grad School

The National Book Foundations "5 Under 35" awards this year went to the following diverse (and very attractive! And actually also very talented! Love that Jennifer DuBois! Would read the rest of them!) crew of writers:

• one with an MFA from Iowa;
• another with an MFA from Iowa;
• one with an MFA from the New School;
• oh also here's one with an MFA from Iowa;
• one with an MFA from Ohio State University.

The prize carries a $1000 award, which I'm sure the writers feel nicely offsets the out-of-state, pre-teaching cost of $41,512 per year of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Help a young person, go buy a book today!

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BadUncle (#153)

Screw prizes. A CA pizzeria has a Sandman Slim-themed pie on the menu in honor of Richard Kadrey's Aloha From Hell. Now that is an honor.

wb (#2,214)

Can I just say that I LOVE all of this anti-Workshop talk going on this week! First Kate Christensen, now Choire?

person of internet (#238,250)

Actually, nobody pays to go to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. All tuitions are covered either through teaching or fellowships.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

"A long-lost letter is the link between a distressed American woman and a Russian dissident in Jennifer duBois's debut novel."

A Russian dissident? Did her assistantship (or whatever) include the upkeep of the fallout shelters in the cornfields over there? I guess the covered bridges work was taken.

cloudeye (#238,277)

I didn't pay a cent to go to the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Everyone gets paid tuition and a stipend. Even the poets.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Yes, grad school is a nice literary prize.

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