This prize recognizes 12 emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers.
Each of the 12 winning writers receives a cash prize. The independent book publisher Catapult will publish the 12 winning stories in an annual anthology entitled The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories.
Join our editors in congratulating Cagibi’s nominee for the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers:
“Selfie Swipe” by Keira Sinclair
Thin air travels slowly into my lungs and stays too briefly. When it leaves I’m dizzy, so squat for a rest. My rucksack slips to the ground and I perch on it to take the weight off, bunching the hem of my silk dress in my lap. My feet work hard to keep the stiletto spikes from sinking into the slushy ground. Jagged snow-capped peaks tower above me, a law unto themselves. The wind smudges the snow from their peaks across the perfect blue. …keep reading…