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The 2010 McGinnis Ritchie Award Winners

Robert F. Ritchie, who died in 1997, was a long-time and generous supporter of the Southwest Review. In 1960 he established the John H. McGinnis Memorial Award to honor the man who edited the Southwest Review from 1927 to 1943. With a bequest in his will, Mr. Ritchie enabled us to maintain the tradition of his generosity. Since 1998, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award has been given annually to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published during the previous year in these pages. The awards consist of cash prizes of $500.

Christopher Mohar

2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"The Five Points of Performance"
(Volume 95, number 4)

Christopher Mohar is the 2009-10 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches creative writing and is working on his first novel, entitled Beta Farm. He co-teaches a writing workshop at Oakhill Correctional Institute, and has previously been a metallurgical engineer, a literacy tutor, a busboy, and a legal assistant’s assistant.

H. E. Francis

2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"About Love"
(Volume 95, number 4)

H. E. Francis is the author of seven collections of stories, two novels, and over two hundred stories in American and foreign magazines. His work has frequently been anthologized, notably in the O. Henry, Best American, and Pushcart volumes. He translates selected Argentine writers and divides his time between Huntsville, Alabama, and Madrid, Spain.

Jennifer Clarvoe

2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"'Half-Lives and Vanishing Points: Carpaccio's Hunting on the Lagoon"
(Volume 95, numbers 1 & 2)

Jennifer Clarvoe received the 2002-2003 Rome Prize in Literature. Her book of poems, Invisible Tender, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Award. She teaches at Kenyon College.

Jeff Dolven

2010 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Styles of Disjunction"
(Volume 95, numbers 1 & 2)

Jeff Dolven teaches Renaissance literature at Princeton University; his first book, Scenes of Instruction, is about poetry and pedagogy in the sixteenth century. He is now at work on a new project tentatively entitled Reading for the Style. His poems have appeared in the Southwest Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere.