“Vinegar on the Lips of Girls” and McSweeney’s win 2019 ASME Award for Fiction

This last summer, I had a short story published by McSweeney’s, in issue 53. It’s called “Vinegar on the Lips of Girls.”

Not only did the loves at McSweeney’s publish the piece, but they submitted the story, along with “Skinned,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, and “Unsound,” by Maria Reva, both from the same issue for the ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) “Ellie” Award for Fiction 2019.

We won.

Here’s what the judges said:

ASME Award for Fiction 2019 Winner

Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern
Claire Boyle, Managing Editor

For “Skinned,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, “Vinegar on the Lips of Girls,” by Julia Dixon Evans, and “Unsound,” by Maria Reva

[Judges’ Citation] In these short stories, young women find the fortitude to liberate themselves from communities that are hostile to them. With crisp dialogue, melodic sentences and nimbly immersive world building, “Skinned,” “Vinegar on the Lips of Girls” and “Unsound,” deftly explore the imprisonment of young women by social convention and the peculiar and specific longing of girls. For its assured spirit—and its commitment to surprise—Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern is named the winner of the 2019 ASME Award for Fiction.

You can buy this issue here or here or perhaps even here.

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Dying a little bit, still. ❤

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