“Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which was originally published in PANK last fall, won first place in the flash fiction category of the 2012 Press 53 Open Awards last week. An awards ceremony is planned for the annual Wine & Words Fest on Saturday, October 20, at the Community Arts Café in Winston-Salem, NC. The story will be featured in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology 2012, to be released at that event.
This has been a good year for this story, as it turns out, since a few weeks ago, it was also named a notable story of 2011 as part of the storySouth Million Writers Awards. See the full list of notable stories here.
I’m simply thrilled with the attention that this story has received, and I’m grateful for editors Roxane Gay and Bran Green at PANK for giving it a home in the first place. — Art Taylor