The Plaza Literary Prize 2016 Winner

Cut the Thread by Danielle Walters was selected as The Plaza Literary Prize 2016 winner. The prize was judged by our 1888 team of readers and the 2016 Jury–Neelanjana Banerjee, Ben Loory, Lilliam Rivera, Kevin Smokler, and David L. Ulin. Danielle’s novella will be published with cover artwork by Eric Diotte.

The Plaza Literary Prize is a national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. We’re looking for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck.

The City of Orange, California was incorporated on April 6, 1888. The center of the town became known as the Plaza, which has become a symbol of the community and a catalyst for storytelling.

The Plaza Literary Prize 2016 Short List:

  • Happy Birthday, Dear Bitsy by Pam Jones
  • Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis
  • A Visit to My Father with My Son by Edward Cohen



Danielle Walters is a writer and educator who resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband Kurt and daughter Adèle. She teaches English at Charleston Southern University. Originally from Southern California, Danielle worked for the Pacific Symphony and taught English in France before beginning a graduate program at Chapman University to earn her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Danielle has written for Audiofile Magazine and Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, and she serves as a co-faculty advisor for the CSU literary magazine, Sefer.