Winner Winner: The 2015 EB Fiction Prize

Dear Readers!

I’m thrilled to announce that our 2015 fiction prize, judged by Rebecca Makkai, has reached its excellent conclusion.

The Finalists:

  • Pamela Balluck, Development Girls: Linked Fictions in Two Parts
  • Chelsea Fetzer, The River Map: a novel
  • Amy Knight, Lost, Almost: linked stories


Lost, Almost by Amy Knight.

Ms. Makkai wrote: “Lost, Almost takes us into a magnetic world, one where characters orbit not just Los Alamos and the sciences, but also the appealingly hard-nosed physicist Adam Brooks. His son, his grandchildren and his colleagues all live within his gravitational pull, and it’s not just Brooks but his effect on their lives that forms the captivating core of the book. These characters’ passion for their work becomes the reader’s, and Amy Knight paints her brilliant subjects with confidence, empathy, and a deep understanding of psychology. Novels in stories so seldom find an organic shape, but Knight has managed to build a small solar system in these pages, one I was bereft to leave. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a tiny part in getting this book out into the world and introducing readers to a bold, enthralling, and often hilarious new voice.”

Engine Books is grateful for all the writers who trusted us with their work in the contest, graced us with their patience, and supported us with their submission fees. And we’re just thrilled to publish Lost, Almost in the fall of 2017.