Creative Writing Head Wins Prestigious Literary Award

Short story by Assistant Professor Elise Juska awarded Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from 'Ploughshares'

April 8, 2014

"Transfer Station," a short story by Assistant Professor and Creative Writing Program Director Elise Juska, has won the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares, one of the top literary magazines in the country. The award is for the best short story published in the magazine in the previous year.

This latest accolade adds to an impressive list that includes recently being named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Summer 2014 for her forthcoming book The Blessings (Grand Central Publishing, May 2014).

Juska is also the author of three novels published by Simon & Schuster: One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; The Hazards of Sleeping Alone; and Getting Over Jack Wagner, which was named a "Critic's Choice" in People magazine and optioned for film.

In addition to Ploughshares, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Good Housekeeping, The Hudson Review, Harvard Review, and many other journals and magazines. Her story "The Way I Saw the World Then" was published in The Missouri Review and cited by The Best American Short Stories 2010.

Juska began teaching at the University of the Arts in 2000 and, in 2002, received the Liberal Arts Division's Director's Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to directing the Creative Writing program, she serves as faculty advisor for the student literary magazine, Underground Pool.

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