Published!

May 1, 2012 § 8 Comments

One of my stories will be published in the Sycamore Review this summer–not only that, it won a dandy prize.

Aimee Bender, whose short stories have delighted me since good friends in grad school first introduced them to me, was the judge for the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and she chose my story! I’m honored and thrilled to be published in such a gorgeous review, and to have caught the eye of an author I truly admire. Here’s a bit from the Sycamore Review’s site:

After careful reading, guest judge Aimee Bender has selected Cate Fricke’s story “Fox and Girl: A Bestial Romance” as the winner of Sycamore Review’s 2012 Wabash Fiction Prize. Aimee Bender said of the prize winning story: “First off, this story charmed me completely, gloriously. The author has a beautiful sense of the visual; each time I could picture perfectly the scene described, as if it were an illustration by an artist of a children’s book that is really not at all a children’s book.  But the writing is sly, like a fox, because yes, it’s full of wonder and charm and delight, but underneath there’s real depth here, and a genuine exploration of a relationship and the two struggling characters in it.  Both Fox and Girl, iconic as they are, feel real, dimensional, sympathetic, flawed.  So it’s utterly freshly told, but never sacrifices substance.  What a pleasure to read!”

And I didn’t even have to suck up by telling her that I taught two of her stories as an instructor at OSU–“The Rememberer” and “Americca” thrilled my students as much as they thrilled me on my first read.

You can read the full announcement and the list of winners here: http://www.sycamorereview.com/2012/04/2012-wabash-prize-for-fiction-results/

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