I wasn’t well enough to attend, but my kid is there in my stead. Thanks, Meghann, LitPOP, George Saunders and Matrix Magazine, for choosing my piece “Battery” as your 2015 fiction winner! And congrats again to Michael Prior, poetry winner.
“It’s fast, funny, precise in its language. The author is really using language as a tool of persuasion. The story also has real heart – the narrator manages to make us sympathize for both chickens and executioners. The details of the operation are chilling and terrific. The story is beautifully shaped and minimal – the writer seems to recognize that the essence of making a work of art is choosing. The story makes us face a certain harsh truth, but without any sense of preaching, and even a sense of wonder. Above all, the story is musical – it zings along, making a world as it goes, with its confidence and its sense of curiosity.” –George Saunders