The Chicago Tribune
has named Jeremy T. Wilson winner of the 2012 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction for his story, "Everything is Going to Be Okay."
The award carries a $5,000 cash prize.
The winner was announced Saturday, June 9, at the 28th annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest
. Three runners-up also receive award money. The finalists were Jennie Lin, for "No One Noticed the Moon Was Defaced"; Kimberly Elkins, for "The Letter," and Kelly Luce for "The Far Turn."
Wilson grew up in Georgia but has called Chicago home since 2001. He is a tutor and writing teacher for several Chicago organizations, including 826CHI, After School Matters and Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies. Wilson's fiction has appeared in Carolina Quarterly
and Third Coast
and has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Wilson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern.
Past winners and finalists of the Algren have been published as part of the Printers Row Fiction series. The 2012 Algren winners and finalists will appear in future Printers Row Fiction editions.