COATES CAPTURES 2015 NOVELLA PRIZE
Depression-era California has once more proved a rich literary source for Dr. Lawrence Coates, chair of the English department and member of the Creative
Writing Program. His forthcoming "Camp Olvido" has been chosen the winner of the 2015 Novella Prize by Miami University Press.
The story of a crisis in a migrant labor camp and the unlikely man who seeks to resolve it, "Camp Olvido" was selected from among 84 manuscripts submitted
for the award. The winner receives an advance against royalties and publication by Miami University Press.
In 2013, Coates's short story "Bats," set in northwest Ohio, won the prestigious Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, but most of his previous work is, like
"Camp Olvido," rooted in his native California. His fourth full-length novel, "The Goodbye House," will be published this fall.