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Chloe Wilson wins ‘Iowa Review’ Award for fiction

Melbourne writer Chloe Wilson has won the Iowa Review Award for fiction for her story ‘Tongue-Tied’.

Wilson receives US$1500 (A$2150) and publication in the December issue of the Iowa Review. Fiction judge and author Rebecca Makkai said ‘Tongue-Tied’ ‘had me uncomfortably pinned by the end of the first paragraph, and squirming by the end of the first page’. ‘I love a story where things happen, and this is a story where things both happen and don’t,’ said Makkai. ‘A lot changes, and yet a lot is left unsaid, repressed … add to that delicate balance an unusual point of view, two loaded relationships, and a sharp, subtle dose of humour, and I had to pick this story.’

Wilson is the author of two poetry collections. Her most recent, Not Fox Nor Axe, was published by Hunter Publishers and shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2016.

For more information about the Iowa Review Awards and to see the winners in other categories, see the website.


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