Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the
stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and
re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of
girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A
recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her
new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental
disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an
Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them.
Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and
hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables.
Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with
unexpected, often unsettling results. more... about ActivAmerica
Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2017