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E.J. Levy of Washington, D.C. – who won VCCA’s 2009 Goldfarb Fellowship – has been named a winner of the Flannery O’Conner Short Fiction Award for her collection, My Life in Theory. The collection will be published by the University of Georgia Press in the fall.

E.J. Levy has published stories in journals including Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review and North American Review. She is also published widely as an essayist in publications including The New York Times, The Nation and Orion. She is the editor of the anthology Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New America Writers, which won a Lambda Literary Award.

The judge who selected Levy’s manuscript, My Life in Theory, as a finalist noted, “Before I read this collection, I would have scoffed at the idea that I could be captivated by stories that address different theoretical constructs. But the theories investigated here quickly yield to an idiosyncratic cadre of characters.”

Now in its twenty-eighth year, the Flannery O’Conner Award has helped launch the literary careers of such previous winners as Ha Jin (also a VCCA Fellow) and Antonya Nelson.

The Flannery O’Conner Short Fiction Award accepts submissions from April 1 to May 31 each year. Guidelines are available on their website.