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Isaac Hughes Green Wins PEN America Prize for Debut Story

2 March 2021

The Georgia Review was delighted to learn that Isaac Hughes Green’s story “The First Time I Said It,” published in our Fall 2020 issue, was selected for a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. According to PEN America, this award “recognizes twelve emerging writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website, and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers.” Each of the winning writers receives a cash prize of $2,000, and their stories will appear in the annual anthology Best Debut Short Stories: The PEN America Dau Prize, published by Catapult. This year’s judges were Beth Piatote, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. The recipients were announced this morning on Lit Hub, along with the winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Isaac Hughes Green is a writer in the MFA program in fiction at North Carolina State University and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His writing was longlisted for The Master’s Review 2019 Fall Fiction contest, received an honorable mention for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction, and won the 2021 Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. He has screened a film in the Cannes Short Film Corner and won several screenwriting and cinematography awards. He is currently working on a novel.

Congratulations, Isaac!

To celebrate Green’s award, we will be offering a 50% discount on the Fall 2020 issue until Sunday night. Use promo code FALL50 at checkout. Don’t miss this talented writer’s debut!