The 2018 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize was judged by Marie-Helene Bertino and the winning title in the adult fiction category was the collection, Vanishing by author Cai Emmons. Bertino said of Vanishing, “Sophisticated and bright with promise…these stories elucidate incredibly difficult-to-articulate topics such as jealousy, self-hatred, unlikely connection and friendship.… If a writer’s job is to make the unseen visible, the stories in VANISHING are flashlights, illuminating the subtle, enormous tragedies we humans encounter every day.”
The 2018 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize YA category was also judged by Marie-Helene Bertino and the winning title was Why No Goodbye? by author Pamela L. Laskin. Bertino said of the novel, “At times heartbreaking, at times shatteringly beautiful…. The rawness of Jabair’s anger is all-encompassing and powerful…. Amid this pain are startling moments of joy and empathy. A beautiful meditation on forgiveness after great loss, and the unbearable pain of separation”.
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novels PARAKEET (New York Times Editors’ Choice) and 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS (NPR Best Books 2014), and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES (Iowa Short Fiction Award). Her fourth book, the novel BEAUTYLAND, is forthcoming from FSG. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, McSweeneys, Granta, BOMB, Guernica, and many others. Honors include The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize and two special mentions, fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook Writers Colony, The Center For Fiction NYC, and Sewanee Writers Conference, where she was the Walter E. Dakin fellow. Her work has twice been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” program. A former editor for One Story and Catapult, she teaches in the Creative Writing programs of NYU and The New School. In the past, she has taught for Institute for American Indian Arts, University College Cork (Ireland), and University of Montana as the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer.