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JD Scott awarded Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency

Lake Forest College is pleased to recognize fiction writer JD Scott as the tenth winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize, awarded annually.

They will be in residence on the campus of Lake Forest College in spring 2019, where they will work to complete their winning manuscript, a collection of short stories entitled Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day. Scott will receive $10,000 and, upon editorial approval, the finished book will be published by the &NOW Books imprint of Lake Forest College Press, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. During their three-week residency on campus, Scott will give a reading and talk to the community at large, visit classes, and meet with students to discuss writing and literature.

Scott’s writing has appeared in Denver QuarterlyPrairie SchoonerNinth LetterSalt HillSonora ReviewThe PinchSpoon River Poetry ReviewApogee, and elsewhere. Their work has also been featured in the Best American Experimental Writing and Best New Poets anthologies. Their accolades include attending the Poetry Foundation’s inaugural Poetry Incubator and being awarded a residencies at the Millay Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Writers at the Eyrie in Brooklyn, New York. They currently edit AADOREE, and in the past have edited for Black Warrior ReviewJoyland, and Moonshot. Scott is a Pisces, amateur perfumer, and lives in their hometown of Tampa, Florida.

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize is awarded to an author under 40 years old with no major book publication. This year the winner was selected by novelist and memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch, author most recently of The Misfit’s Manifesto, based on her acclaimed TED Talk, “The Beauty of Being a Misfit,” and the novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children. Her memoir The Chronology of Water was voted one of the Best Books of the Year by The Oregonian, and she lives in Portland, Oregon.

About Scott’s work, Yuknavitch writes, “I was immediately smitten with the idea of the queer body as an epistemological site, as well as a real place where narrative meanings are generated and negated endlessly. The prose is breathtaking as it weaves its way through what appears to be real and then beyond, challenging what we mean by plot in the best ways. I am thrilled to imagine what innovations this writer can conjure.”