Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

Trip Wires


TRIP WIRES travels around the world, with stories, many of children, set against turbulent socio-political backdrops from Afghanistan to Syria to Columbia to America, and examines how the dilemma of isolation is a common human condition. The terrain is different in each story, but all of these young people face the dilemma of being without resources even as they try to find and maintain relationships. Accepting of tragedy and insurmountable challenges, they nonetheless show humanity and grace, and remind us of the best in ourselves.

“Like their namesake, the stories populating Trip Wires are mercilessly taut. Told largely from the perspectives of youths torn from their roots by war, these are stories that carry like radio signals across terrains of unrest and displacement. Ms. Hunter’s juxtaposition of settings–Afghanistan, then Los Angeles; Syria, then again to the city of angels–heightens the immigrant’s sense of diasporic otherness in places both near and far from home. This is what life looks like when conflict repaints the canvas against which her characters seek love, family and a moment’s stability. Her keen eye for twinned details–the fleeting safety of an imam’s lap is set against a prayer rug in the back room of a California suburban home, far from neighbours’ eyes–lends this collection a rare power and poignancy. Not to be missed.” – David Rocklin, The Luminist

“In Trip Wires, Sandra Hunter deftly traverses the globe to fraught landscapes of war, protest, imprisonment, kidnapping, and escape. She uncoils the violence of conflict, of barbed wires and radio wires, iron jails and mental jails that cause a people to humiliate and murder their own, or those not like them. But within this poignant collection, there’s a thread that compels her characters to reach for survival, and it’s this gossamer wire, these small miracles of love, that electrify her stories.” – Shilpa Agarwal, author of Haunting Bombay


SARAH HUNTER‘s fiction received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She placed second in the 2017 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, received a 2017 MacDowell Fellowship and was a 2016 finalist for the Bridport Prize. Books: Debut novel, LOSING TOUCH (2014), fiction chapbook, SMALL CHANGE (2016). Sandra is Southeast Asian and European, and grew up in the U.K., and has spent time working in Kenya. She is a professor of creative writing at Moorpark College. Awards: 2017 Katherine Anne Porter Prize, 2nd place 2017 Bosque Fiction Prize, finalist 2016 New England Book Festival, honourable mention 2016 Bridport Prize, short list 2016 The Cupboard Pamphlet Competition, finalist 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award, finalist 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition, winner 2015 Lascaux Prize, semi-finalist 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (short story collection), semi-finalist 2014 Tucson Book Festival, Literary Awards, finalist 2014 Africa Book Club, winner 2014 Nelson Algren Short Story Contest, finalist 2014 H.E. Francis Short Story Competition, winner 2013 Carve Magazine, Pushcart Prize nomination 2013 Women’s Domination Story Competition, Egypt, winner 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction prize, finalist 2013 SLS-Kenya Contest, finalist.


  • ISBN: 978-1935248972
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: ‎ 5.4 x 0.1 x 8.4 inches

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