University of Colorado at Boulder writing instructor Steven Wingate has been awarded the 2007 Katherine Bakeless Nason Fiction Prize from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College in Vermont.
Wingate won for his short-story collection "Wifeshopping," which will be published by Houghton-Mifflin publishers next spring. Since 2001, he has taught in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences.
"Many of these stories have been kicking around for years, so it is gratifying to see the collection coming to life in print," said Wingate. "I could not have asked for a better situation for my first book."
Last year, Wingate also won fiction awards from the University of Houston literary journal Gulf Coast and The Journal published by Ohio State University. His work also has appeared in Mississippi Review, River City, Quarter After Eight, Exquisite Corpse and the anthology "Degenerative Prose: Writing Beyond Category." He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film and television from Florida State University, and has taught screenwriting at the CU-Boulder and CU-Denver campuses.
The Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes, awarded last month, offer an annual book series competition for new authors of literary works in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. For more information visit www.middlebury.edu/academics/blwc/bakeless/.