We are pleased and proud to announce that Charles Baxter, judge of the 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction, has chosen “Buried Voice” by Angie Kim as the winning story of this year’s contest. Baxter had this to say about Kim’s story:
“Buried Voice” is an astonishment. At its center is a dramatic situation that can’t be true but becomes true–dramatically, poetically, emotionally–as the story goes on. The story is funny, eloquent, and slightly weird, but its heart is in the right place, and its great themes–who speaks, and how, and the relationship between speaking and the dead–make it both important and wonderfully memorable.”
“Buried Voice” will be published in the next issue of Sycamore Review. David E. Yee’s “Hung Do’s Kung Fu” was selected as the runner-up, and will also appear alongside “Buried Voice.” This will be Yee’s first major publication, and we are excited to present his work to the world.
We also selected several finalists from this year’s pool of entrants, and we congratulate them here:
Michael J. Rosenbaum, “A Hole in the Head”
Brandi Wells, “Flinton’s Home for the Elderly or Disabled”
Laura Adamczyk, “Intermission”
This year we read an astonishing number of great stories, and we would like to thank every author who took the time to submit for allow us the pleasure of reading their work, and for their continued support of the magazine.
Angie Kim’s short stories and personal essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, New Letters, [PANK], Asian American Literary Review, Glamour and Slate. Awards include Winner of the 2012 Glamour Essay Contest and Finalist for the 2011 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and educated at Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. She is currently working on her first novel.
David E. Yee currently resides outside of Baltimore, MD. He received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore where he published two prose pieces in the Welter Literary Journal. He is currently working to complete his first collection of stories titled Son of Job (Who Hides Curses in His Heart).