Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award

I am thrilled to be this year’s winner of the Chicago Tribune‘s Nelson Algren Award, for my story “The Great Escape,” a magical story about a young woman’s relationship with her reclusive aunt. My story will be published next week in Printers Row Journal, the Chicago Tribune’s literary supplement, and an interview will post on Thursday.

Congratulations to the finalists as well, including my friend Anne Valente!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/algren-winner-2015-note-20150526-story.html

Writers at Work Fellowship Winner

Author Ann Hood chose my story, “We Work in Miraculous Cages,” as the first place winner for a Writers at Work Conference fellowship.  The story will be published in Quarterly West, and I will give a reading at the conference.  I am so excited to head to Utah! Thank you to Ann Hood, who said such nice things about the story, and the people at W@W.

“‘We Work in Miraculous Cages’ took my breath away. It’s raw, honest, and revelatory in its portrayal of life now for an entire generation. The powerful writing throughout culminates in an absolutely stunning final scene.” -Ann Hood

http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6

“We Were in the City” in LitRagger

Litragger is featuring my story, “We Were in the City,” originally published in The Threepenny Review. Thanks to Adam Lefton for featuring it, and to Wendy Lesser for first including it. Read on for attics and basements, vindictive lemonade stands, and a couple back from The City.

http://www.litragger.com/fiction/fiction-redux/we-were-in-the-city-by-brenda-peynado-via-threepenny-review/

Also, you can download LitRagger’s really neat app which hosts ebook versions of your favorite literary magazines.