We welcome our
2003 Fiction Judge for the TenTen Award

Author and Educator Noy Holland

Noy Holland, a professor in the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets & Writers, currently writes short stories and is working on a summer project in the hills of Montana.

Her first book, The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf), was nominated for a National Book Award.

Her stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Story Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Black Warrior Review, and Open City. Author Noy Holland

She has also taught at Phillips Andover and the University of Florida. Additionally, she has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony and Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

We are very pleased to invite Professor Holland to be the 2003 Fiction Judge for Word Smitten's annual short story competition.

And we are delighted to have her permission to reprint an excerpt from her collection of short stories. Click here to read a passage from her story titled, Orbit.

About Noy Holland, Padgett Powell says, "If you could breed a writer out of Faulkner by John Hawkes, and put it in a female frame, you might have Noy Holland."

Professor Holland lives with her husband Sam and a number of critters which may include turtles.

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Native Shore Fiction

Our gratitude goes, with great admiration, to this year's Fiction Judge Noy Holland.

Author of The Spectacle of the Body, Professor Holland's
work elevates the art of short story to an emotional level few have attained. If you enjoy Flannery O'Connor's work and yet have not read Holland's collection, you'll find Noy Holland's collected stories fill your arms with a solid interpretation and connection to youth and family.

Holland's well-crafted tales provide a resonating literary experience.



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