James Madison Redd’s collection of interrelated short stories, Taking the Cure, has been announced as a semi-finalist for the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award in Fiction. See the list of finalists here. “Half-Day Christmas,” a story from the collection, is upcoming from Steel Toe Review this month.
Advance praise for Redd’s collection:
Taking the Cure, a collection of interrelated short stories, sees life through the perspective of the Southern and marginalized. Unfairly pushed to the fringes of polite Southern society, homosexuals and their children, ex-husbands and widowers, beggars and addicts, are just trying to live a happy life. The community claims that these “sinners” need redemption through either the church, prison, or rehabilitation. Yet these institutions’ “remedies” can cause great harm. Redd’s fiction proves that people who suffer need, not a judgmental, vengeful, and distant God, but acceptance, compassion, and understanding from the rest of humanity.”
According to the press, “Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.”