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Annual Prose Awards Reading and Recognition Event

10/22/2014 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM



Kate Duva, winner of the 2014 Prose Award in Fiction
Elora de Grey, winner of the 2014 Prose Award in Non-Fiction

The Guild Literary Complex supports divergent and emerging literary voices with our Annual Prose Awards. Every fall we recognize outstanding short fiction and non-fiction from across the State of Illinois and award $500 cash prizes to one outstanding writer in each category.

We congratulate the winners and all the finalists. Bios of all artists are below.


Suman Chhabra for “Upon the Ground”
Elora Roslin de Grey for “The Bluejay”
Dana Norris for “The Fog”


Kate Duva for “Horizontal”
Scott Onak for “The Final Problem”
Anne K. Yoder for “Just Another Love Story”


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Please join us on October 22, 7:30 pm, at the Chopin Theatre, located at 1543 W. Division Street, as we celebrate the authors at a special reading and award event featuring all six finalists.

Each finalist will read their entry and be recognized at this event at the historic Chopin Theatre where we also announce the $500 cash-prize winners in each category!

With special musical guest Cameron McGill.

General admission is $8, and students get in for $6.

Special thanks to our 2014 judges, Janet Burroway (fiction) and Donna Seaman (non-fiction).



Suman Chhabra photoSuman Chhabra writes. She graduated from the University of Michigan where she studied Political Science and South Asian Languages & Cultures. Chhabra has taught in diverse environments including the slums of India, Cranbrook Educational Community and as a Teach For America corps member. She is now an MFA candidate in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


kate duva photoKate Duva is a writer, performer, community organizer and play therapist from Chicago. She is currently working on a historical novel about a burlesque dancer from the Dust Bowl who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an autistic savant. Find links to her other published works online at www.kateduva.com.


Elora de Grey - PhotoElora de Grey is an artist and writer. When she is not writing about things made up or recollected, she can be found doing research or building work in her studio in West Loop, Chicago. Her current projects include a collection of short stories, a script, and two new series of paintings. Select works can be seen at http://elledegrey.com.



dana norris photoDana Norris is the founder of Story Club, a nonfiction storytelling show held in Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis. She is the editor-in-chief of Story Club Magazine and she teaches at StoryStudio Chicago. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet TendencyThe Rumpus, the Tampa Review, and her stories have been featured on WBEZ (91.5 FM) and Vocalo.org (89.5 FM).  You may see her upcoming performance schedule at dananorris.net.



scott onak photoScott Onak received his MFA in fiction from the University of Idaho. His stories have been published in Mid-American Review and Willow Springs, and his book reviews appear on The Rumpus. He teaches creative writing at StoryStudio Chicago and the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies. He has been a resident at the Ragdale Foundation and is currently working on a novel.



anne_yoder_author photoAnne K. Yoder’s fiction, essays, and criticism have been published Fence, Bomb, and Tin House, among other publications. She is a staff writer for The Millions, co-editrix of Projecttile, a journal of nontraditional writing with a feminist bent, and a member of Meekling Press. She lives in Chicago, where she’s at work on a novel.




Cameron McGill is a songwriter who lives in Chicago, IL. His sixth full-length album, Gallows Etiquette, was released on October 15, 2013. Over the past ten years he has released the following recordings: Gallows Etiquette (2013); Is A Beast (2011); Deserters EP (2010); Two Hits and a Miss EP (2009, on Parasol Records); Warm Songs for Cold Shoulders (2009, on Parasol Records); Hold On Beauty (2008); Street Ballads & Murderesques (2006); Stories of The Knife and The Back (2004). Find more info at cameronmcgill.com.


7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Chopin Theatre
1543 West Division Street
Chicago, IL United States
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