'n+1' Names First Anthony Veasna So Prize Winner
Trevor Shikaze has won n+1's inaugural Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize, a new $5,000 award established this year in memory of So, a contributor to the journal who died in 2020. Shikaze, who "taught himself to write while working as a salesclerk at a family-run bookstore in Alberta," has placed work in n+1, the Baffler, the Walrus, and more. In addition, Christina Nichol has been awarded the n+1 Writers’ Fellowship, a $5,000 award given annually for the past six years to an n+1 contributor whose writing "captures the spirit of n+1 and has been an important part of the magazine’s evolution." Nichol won a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2012 for her novel Waiting for the Electricity and, in 2019, was a Fulbright Scholar in India; she teaches environmental studies at Sonoma State University. A virtual award ceremony to celebrate the winners will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET.