Recent Writing graduate Cody Klippenstein was just announced as the winner of Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction Contest. And yes, that’s Zoetrope, as in American Zoetrope, as in film director Francis Ford Coppola’s busy cinematic/literary empire.
Selected from a field of nearly 2,200 entries by St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia! author Karen Russell—who was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the American 2012 National Magazine Award—Klippenstein’s winning short story “Case Studies in Ascension” was originally workshopped in Writing instructor Matthew Hooton‘s fourth-year fiction class this past spring. (“Pretty awesome,” is how Hooton describes her win.)
Launched back in 1997, Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story quarterly magazine is devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays and has received every major story award in the U.S. Klippenstein wins $1,000 and will be considered for representation by the big-deal literary likes of the William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
Her story will be published on Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction website as a special online supplement to the Spring 2013 issue. Klippenstein also won the 2012 fiction prize for The Fiddlehead—that winning story, “We’ve Gotta Get Out of Here,” was originally submitted as a piece for a Writing workshop class led by professor Lee Henderson . . . which is a good reminder for current Writing students: don’t just box up all that work. Get busy and submit it instead!
Update: read Will Johnson‘s recent Martlet interview with Cody here.