Combination of grief, violence pays off in Brad Felver’s first book
Bowling Green State University lecturer Brad Felver had quite the year in 2018, winning two major awards: the Drue Heinz Literary Prize and O. Henry Prize Story.
“In the fiction writing world, especially when you’re a fairly young writer like I still am, the Heinz Prize is this vaguely ludicrous prize that nobody ever expects to win,” said Felver, associate chair and undergraduate coordinator in the Department of English. “But, every now and then, lightning strikes.”
Felver won the Heinz Prize, which includes a $15,000 cash award along with publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, for his 14-story collection “The Dogs of Detroit.” One of the stories also won an O. Henry Prize, an annual showcase of the year's 20 best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. “Queen Elizabeth” was originally published in the literary magazine One Story.
Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers. Past judges have included Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Rick Moody and Joan Didion.