Alum’s Story Chosen to Lead the 39th Annual Pushcart Prize Anthology

photo of Emma Duffy-Comparone

COLA alum Emma Duffy-Comparone ’10 (English and Political Science) has had her first-published story, “The Zen Thing,” chosen as the lead story in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology. This is the first time in the history of the prize that an author’s debut story has been chosen to lead the collection.

Read an interview with Duffy-Comparone and a excerpt from “The Zen Thing” here.

After graduating from UNH, Duffy-Comparone attended Boston University where she earned an MFA. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX, Ploughshares, One Story, American Scholar, Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Sun. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a lecturer at Tufts University.

The Pushcart Prize series, published every year since 1976, is an honored and prestigious American literary endeavor. The series was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly.

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