Congratulations to Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, winner of the 2012 Fall Orlando Prize in Short Fiction. The prize includes $1000.00, and the winning story, “Sister” will be published by the Los Angeles Review in Spring 2013 and then again on the A Room of Her Own website. Congratulations, Sarah!
Schantz is currently a MFA candidate at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics. Schantz literally grew up in a bookstore with a family who substituted religion with good literature. Her paternal grandparents are buried in the same cemetery as Phillip K. Dick, and her daughter is named Story. She won first place for a fiction contest hosted by Third Coast in 2011. In 2012, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming anthology of Best New Stories from the Midwest. She won third place in another competition hosted by 971 Menu. Her work has appeared in Alligator Juniper, Bombay Gin, The Smoking Poet, Midwestern Gothic, and The Adirondack Review. She just finished her first novel which is about a girl named Fig.