Brighthorse Writer in the News

Michael Henson, 2014 winner of the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for The Way the World Is: The Maggie Boylan Stories, is interviewed on Laura Madeline Wiseman’s  blog. And here is a transcript of a review that was originally published on WVXU-FM.

Deadline Approaching!

Brighthorse Books LogoThe deadline for the 2015 Brighthorse Prize is fast approaching. Writers have until midnight August 16th to submit their book-length manuscripts for one or more of the three prizes: $1,000 to each of the winners for best novel, collection of short stories, and collection of poetry.

Winners of the 2014 Brighthorse Prize

SearchingforMozartKindleCover200x263Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in Poetry

In the startling and thoughtful poems of Searching for Mozart, Rick Christman takes us to the war in Vietnam and back again to a world forever changed by what the poet has experienced. Searching for Mozart is the clear-eyed testament of a survivor. Christman writes with quiet profundity about what matters.

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WaytheWorldIs200x263Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in Short Fiction

Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s stunning collection of linked stories tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption. Addict, thief, liar, lover, loser, hustler, Maggie Boylan is queen of invective and sultana of insult. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience. Her journey is by turns frightening, funny, and deeply moving.

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LeavingMilanCover200Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in the Novel

Harper, the hero of Elizabeth Oness’s new novel, Leaving Milan, hopes for a life far from the small Ohio town where she has grown up, a place where distances are measured not by blocks or even miles, but by chain restaurants—“past Chi Chi’s, Outback Steak House, Taco Bell”—a place where the air smells of fast food and car exhaust. Her hopes haven’t died; they were just never born.  “She was preparing for something without knowing what it was. Each day, she hoped for an adventure, and each day, it didn’t happen. Like the horizon, it was always there, before her.” And yet somehow Harper does forge a new life for herself. Elizabeth Oness writes with subtle power and  compassion about courage, strength, and the unshakeable bonds of love.

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BrighthorseLogo2Brighthorse Books is a small literary press based in Omaha, Nebraska. Its mission is to publish books that contribute to and honor literary culture, that provide deserving writers with a way of getting their work to the public, and that provide student staff with hands-on experience in every stage of the publishing process. Now in our second year, with three titles on our list, we’re more strongly committed than ever to our mission, and to help demonstrate that, we’re unveiling a new, more robust website. If you’d like to submit a book-length manuscript for one of our book prizes, please visit our submission manager.