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Miami University Press Novella Contest

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 24, 2015

A novella by Lawrence Coates, “Camp Olvido,” has won the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Contest.

The novella will be available late this year.


by Lawrence Coates

In the California heartland in 1932, at a migrant labor camp whose very name means forgotten, a child’s sudden illness leads to tensions between workers wishing to break camp and the land barons enforcing their contracts. Into this dispute Esteban Alas—contrabandista and self-styled businessman—is reluctantly drawn as a mediator, until an act of violence forces him into a more tragic role.

Camp Olvido was chosen by the contest’s judge Joseph Bates from among 84 manuscripts submitted this year.


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