Echo Park Short Stories Snag PEN/Hemingway Prize

When Echo Park Patch contributor Katherine Spiers recently interviewed writer Brando Skyhorse, he revealed that the first thing he did after receiving the advance money for his book of short stories, The Madonnas of Echo Park, was write a check to local non-profit 826LA. Now the question becomes, will another organization share in Skyhorse’s newest literary bounty?

Via Patch once again comes the news this morning that Skyhorse has won the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. The prize is given each year to a novel or collection of short stories written by a previously unpublished American writer.

In addition to $8,000, Skyhorse will also receive a one-week residency in The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. The award will be presented at Boston’s JFK Presidential Library on March 27th.

Although the trade paperpack of Skyhorse’s book ($14.00) was released just last month, Simon & Schuster may want to ready stickers or a new printing with mention on the cover of this prestigious award. A big congrats to Skyhorse, who is now based in New York.