We’re pleased to announce that Lori Ostlund has chosen Seth Borgen’s story collection If I Die in Ohio to receive the 2017 New American Fiction Prize! A native of northeastern Ohio, Seth studied with Michelle Herman and Lee K. Abbott at The Ohio State University before completing an MFA in fiction at the University of Mississippi, where he worked with Tom Franklin and Barry Hannah. Seth’s fiction has appeared previously in Water~Stone Review, Brink Magazine and the Green Mountains Review. A current resident of Akron, Ohio, Seth will receive $1,000 and If I Die in Ohio will be released in Spring 2019.
Finalists for the 2017 New American Fiction Prize include:
—The War of Northern Aggression, by Roy Bentley of Pataskala, OH
—New Careers in Science!, by Barrett Bowlin of Vestal, NY
—Cabaret Nation, by Robert Morgan Fisher of Woodland Hills, CA
—Sex With Strangers, by Michael Lowenthal of Roslindale, MA
—This Is Not My Story, by Amanda Marbais of Chicago, IL
—Everybody Dies, by Marléne Zadig of Berkeley, CA