Congratulations to Kristen-Paige Madonia!

Congratulations, K-P! Have fun in N.O.!

“Polaroid,” written by Kristen-Paige Madonia, has taken top honors in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s second annual fiction-writing contest, announced executive director Paul Willis.  The contest, open to short fiction works no longer than 7.000 words, was judged by celebrated novelist and short story author Jill McCorkle.

“Essentially it’s a story about family, about assimilation, and about loss, loss of love and loss of cultural heritage, but also loss of connection between a mother and daughter,” said Madonia about the award-winning work.

McCorkle, deemed the “guardian angel of American short fiction” by short story master Jayne Anne Phillips, commented, ”’Polaroid’ is a beautifully written story about grief…..[It] is very moving, easily earning the reader’s respect and sympathy for all characters involved.”

Madonia, who holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, currently teaches creative writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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