Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

This Year’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction Winner

With great pleasure, we announce that final judge Margot Livesey has selected Shannon Sweetnam’s “Aisha and the Good for Nothing Cat” as the winner of the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Her story will appear in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Colorado Review.

Shannon Sweetnam is a Chicago-based essay and fiction writer whose work has appeared most recently in the Chicago Tribune, terrain.orgCleaver Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, the Golden Key, Literal Latte, the Pinch, Crab Orchard Review, Nano Fiction, and Georgetown Review. She is the winner of the 2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, 2010 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and two Illinois Arts Council grants. In addition, she won second prize in the 2014 Literal Latte Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2012 and 2013 SLS Summer Literary Seminars, 2013 Orlando Prize for Short Fiction, 2013 David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize, and 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She currently works as a real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty in Lake Forest, Illinois, and as a community outreach coordinator for Karam Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Syrian refugees in the United States and abroad. Married with three boys, Shannon plays competitive hockey and polo in her spare time.