It is with great pleasure that New England Review announces Robert Oldshue and Allegra Hyde as the respective recipients of the 2016 Iowa Short Fiction Award and the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award.
Robert Oldshue receives his award for his first short story collection, November Storm. His work has appeared previously in the Bellevue Literary Review, the Gettysburg Review, and New England Review volumes 29.2, 31.4, and 33.4. NER published the title story in 2008.
Allegra Hyde receives her award for her first short story collection, Of This New World. Her stories have previously appeared in the Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Pushcard Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, and New England Review volume 35.4.
The Iowa Short Fiction Award has been presented annually since 1969. In 1988 the University of Iowa Press instituted the John Simmons Short Fiction Award—named after the first director of the Press—to complement the ongoing award series. Both national competitions are juried through the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Serious critical consideration is guaranteed by such final judges as Alison Lurie, Raymond Carver, Marilynne Robinson, James Salter, Kevin Brockmeier, and Ethan Canin.
Please join us in congratulating Robert and Allegra!