‘A Prize of her Own’ for Novella

April 28, 2015

Visiting Creative Writer Anna Maria Hong has won the Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize, the first winner of the inaugural prize for women writers and artists from the group, A Room  of  Her Own Foundation.

The prize, from the A Room of Her Own Foundation and Red Hen Press, is for her novella H & G,which will be published in March 2016. You can read an excerpt from Anna Maria Hong’s novella that was recently published in The Iowa Review. A Room of Her Own (AROHO) is a nonprofit that works on behalf of women writers, while advancing Virginia Woolf’s belief that “women need money and a room of their if they are to write.”

H & G represents the AROHO story,” wrote the judge for the award, Kate Gale. “Big myth collides with all of our personal narratives:  the witch, the oven, the fire.  As women, we write our way out of that story and then back in.”

Hong was the 2010-11 Bunting Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The recipient of Poetry magazine’s 2013 Frederick Bock Prize, she has poems recently published and forthcoming in publications including Boston Review, Green Mountains Review, The Nation, Verse Daily, Mandorla, jubilat, The Volta, Drunken Boat, Fence, Fairy Tale Review, Bone Bouquet, Unsplendid, POOL, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southwest Review, Best New Poets, 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. Her chapbook Hello, virtuoso! was recently published by Belladonna* Collaborative. Hong earned a B.A. in philosophy at Yale University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American, an anthology of fiction and memoir. A five-time Pushcart Fellowship nominee, she has received residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen and teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She recently completed a collection titled The Glass Age: Sonnets.

The new prize awards $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press to one previously unpublished prose manuscript by a woman writer.