We’re excited to announce that Ramona Ausubel is the winner of the 2015 Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction for her short story “Fresh Water from the Sea” which appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ploughshares. The $1,000 award, given by acclaimed writer and member of the Ploughshares advisory board Alice Hoffman, honors the best piece of fiction published in the journal during the previous year.
About Ramona Ausubel and “Fresh Water from the Sea”
Ramona Ausubel’s new novel Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty will be out in June, 2016 from Riverhead Books. She is also the author of No One is Here Except All of Us (Riverhead Books, 2012) and A Guide to Being Born (Riverhead Books, 2013). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, One Story, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is currently a faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
“The very first version of the story sprang into my head when I was talking to a friend about an argument she had had with her mother, who was very different than my friend,” Ramona says about the inspiration for her story. “My own mom and I are similar, and it struck me as an amazing truth that a person might give birth to someone utterly unlike herself and that a child might grow up in a family that she does not relate to.”
A full interview with Ramona was published in our Spring 2016 issue.