The Plaza Literary Prize 2018 Winner

In The Desert by Abbey Lenzie was selected as The Plaza Literary Prize 2018 winner. The prize was judged by our 1888 team of readers and the 2018 Jury–Jonathan Alexander, Panio Gianopoulos, Namrata Poddar, Irena Praitis, and Héctor Tobar. Abbey’s novella will be published with cover artwork by Christian Dellavedova.

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 2018 Short List:

  • The Boy and the Phoenix by Ali Clare
  • Naimah and Ajmal, On Newton’s Mountain by Nancy Dafoe
  • The Unseen Shore by Amy Lin 
  • The Taxman by Matthew Schwab



Abbey Lenzie is a writer from Huntsville, Alabama. After studying creative writing and film at Birmingham-Southern College, she moved to Los Angeles with her husband. Her passions include eating fried okra, crocheting blankets, and identifying plants with field guides.