Willow Springs Books is excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Molly Giles: Dariel Suarez for his collection, A Kind of Solitude!

Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special  Period. He is the Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows. Dariel’s writing has received honors or awards from The Caribbean WriterGlimmer Train, and Nimrod International’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon ReviewMichigan Quarterly ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Massachusetts ReviewNorth American ReviewThird Coast, and Southern  Humanities Review, among others. Dariel’s first novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, set in his native Cuba, is currently on submission. He holds an MFA in  fiction from Boston University and currently resides in the Boston area with his wife.

This year, Willow Springs Books had a large volume of incredible work to read through for the contest. As such, we also want to congratulate and  acknowledge the finalists whose writing surprised and delighted us:

Sean Bernard, Maintaining Good Posture toward Bethlehem                                                                                                                                  Julialicia Case, The Internet Loves You                                                                                                                                                                                          Ryan Ridge, Echo Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leigh Camacho Rourks, Moon Trees and Other Orphans