We are excited to announce the winner and first runner-up of the inaugural 2040 Awards Contest! For first prize, congratulations to Bonnie Chau for her collection of short stories, All Roads Lead to Blood. Reema Rajbanshi is the first runner up for her collection of experimental short stories, Sugar, Smoke, Song. The winner and runner up will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively. Mat Johnson selected the winners from a group of strong manuscripts.
Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she studied art history and English literature at UCLA, and ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA. She completed her MFA in fiction and translation at Columbia University. She is a Kundiman fellow, an Editor’s List choice for the 2016 Blueshift Journal’s Brutal Nation: Prizes for Writers of Color in prose, a 2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Award semifinalist, and a finalist for The Puritan’s 2015 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence in fiction. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Flaunt, Timber, Drunken Boat, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Offing, Cosmonauts Avenue, and other publications. A former bookseller, she currently works at Poets & Writers in New York City.
Reema Rajbanshi is a creative and critical writer, who works with story, essay, travel memoir, and hybrid forms. She admires experimentation that risks genre boundaries, and believes futures come from the margins. Her writing questions “purity,” deciphers silence, and routes back to bodies. She grew up in the Bronx, lived for a decade in California, and currently teaches at Washington & Lee University. Her research focuses on subaltern literatures of India and Brazil.
Congratulations, as well, to our shortlist finalists:
- Bonnie Chau – All Roads Lead to Blood
- Reema Rajbanshi – Sugar, Smoke, Song
- Patricia Powell – Come Closer: Stories
- Noriko Nakada – Through Eyes Like Mine
- Sharon Hashimoto – Almost Best