We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our 2021 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction is Catherine Browder’s Resurrection City.

Resurrection City is a captivating collection of stories inspired by the 2011 triple disaster that devastated northeastern Japan. Browder takes the reader on a journey through communities rocked by each facet of the disaster – the earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear meltdown that followed. Browder’s stories provide a deeply human perspective on a disaster whose impact was often relayed in the form of statistics, soundbites, and clips. The reader is reminded that no matter the magnitude of a disaster, real human stories of heartbreak, resilience, survival, and love exist and must be told if communities impacted by such tragedies are to heal.

Catherine Browder is a published writer of fiction and nonfiction, playwright, editor, and educator. She has lived in England, Taiwan and Japan, as well as several parts of the United States. Browder is the author of numerous books of short fiction: Now We Can All Go Home: Three Novellas In Homage to Chekhov; Secret Lives (winner of a Missouri Writers Guild Best Book Award); The Clay That Breathes; The Heart, a Feuillet; and Café Deuz Mondes.

Browder has held fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Missouri Arts Council and has worked as a facilitator for the Memory Project at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. She has also taught creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and worked as an advisory editor at New Letters magazine, where her book reviews appear. Browder’s award-winning stories have appeared in Kansas Quarterly, New Letters, Nimrod, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Kansas City Noir, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Kansas City, MO, with her husband and beloved three-legged cat.

Browder’s novel The Manning Girl, recipient of Regal House Publishing’s 2021 Petrichor Prize, will be released in the fall of 2023. You can find out more about Browder and her publications by visiting her website https://catherinebrowder.com/.

We would like to extend our deepest congratulations to Catherine Browder for this truly mesmerizing collection of stories, and our sincerest thanks to judge Ian Pisarcik for selecting our 2021 Spokane prize winner.


You can order previous winners’ collections from the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction using the links below: