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Interview with Kimberly King Parsons: 2016 Fiction Prize Winner

 The 2017 Fiction Prize is open September 1 through October 31! In this interview, the 2016 Fiction Prize winner, Kimberly King Parsons, discusses the real/surreal divide of “Nothing Before Something,” writerly obsessions, and advice to those submitting pieces for this year’s Fiction Prize.


Fiction by Kimberly King Parsons has been published or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions 2017, No Tokens, New South, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her literary criticism has appeared in Bookforum, Time Out New York, Fanzine, and elsewhere. She was the winner of the 2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Find her at


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Announcing the 2016 Fiction Prize winner!

We are excited to announce that judge Aimee Bender has selected “Nothing Before Something” by Kimberly King Parsons as the winner of Indiana Review’s 2016 Fiction Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible. “Nothing Before Something” will appear in our Winter 2017 issue.

2016 Fiction Prize Winner:

“Nothing Before Something” by Kimberly King Parsons

Aimee Bender says about the winning piece: “This was a tough decision; there were a lot of very fine stories in the mix here. I picked “Nothing Before Something” as the winner because it kept pulling me to it, pulling me in. Even if I tried to read fast, the natural movement of the narration forced me to slow down, and, paradoxically, there was urgency behind the sentences that created part of this slowing, a drive in Sheila that connects to emotional power. A lot of this is that elusive thing–voice. The author clearly knows how to make sentences that are unique, but that distinctiveness is all in the service of giving us a person, this Sheila, in a moment of her life, driven toward Tim as she negotiates the world of suffering—her own, and that of others, too. Basically, I just read along happily and I would’ve happily read more. There’s even a slightly sprawly messy feeling here too which seems hopeful to me, like this writer can keep trying stuff out and trusting the power of voice and valuing where it naturally leads. Readers are in for a real treat.”


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