Balcones Fiction & Poetry Prize Reading (Austin, TX)

If you’re in Austin, come out tonight to help me celebrate PEOPLE LIKE YOU’s win of the Balcones Fiction Prize.

I’ll be reading along with the poetry winner, Michael Wiegers, editor of WHAT ABOUT THIS: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford (Copper Canyon Press).


613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705

It’d be great to see you there.

People Like You Wins Balcones Fiction Prize

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I am ecstatic to announce that PEOPLE LIKE YOU was awarded the 2015 Balcones Fiction Prize. There were some fantastic books on the shortlist with me, and I am humbled to be in their company.

Biggest of thanks to Joe O’Connell at Balcones Center for Creative Writing and to this year’s judge John Blair, author of the Drue Heinz Prize winning collection American Standard, who had this to say:
“Margaret Malone’s People Like You is a masterfully minimalist collection of lives lived poorly but with the best of intentions. Her stories are powerful, sad, and plain-spoken, and this debut collection takes the normative-yet-desperate circuits of the day-to-day that Bobbie Anne Mason and Frederick Barthelme brought to the forefront of American short fiction and makes them both new again and powerfully affecting.  These are marvelous and worthy stories, and very much deserving of recognition.”

I am totally blown away by this award, and really looking forward to coming down to Austin next Spring.

Thank you all so very much.