James Jones First Novel Fellowship 2015 Winners!

James Jones First Novel Fellowship 2015

Congratulations!

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel.  Runners-up will receive $1000. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also receives free travel and lodging to attend the James Jones Literary Society Conference.  This year the conference will be held at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

This year, the James Jones Fellowship had a total of 623 submissions.

Below are the top four novels as decided by the judges.

Winner ($10,000):

  • Josie Sigler, Portland, Oregon, is the winner of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship with her manuscript titled The Flying Sampietrini, a novel.

Runners-Up ($1,000):

  • Reed Johnson, Takoma Park, Maryland, is the runner-up winner with his manuscript titled Love in the Afterlife.
  • Crystal Hana Kim, Chicago, Il, is the runner-up winner with her manuscript titled If You Leave Me.

Honorable Mention:

  • Jake Andrews, Iowa City, Iowa, for his manuscript, Fiat Vita. 

2015 Judges:  Kaylie Jones, daughter of James Jones and novelist; Barbara Taylor, novelist and author of Sing In The Morning, Cry At Night; and Taylor Polites, novelist and author of The Rebel Wife.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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