Announcing the Winner of the Miami University Press Novella Contest
Miami University Press is delighted to announce the winner of its 2014 novella prize:
FOUNTAIN, by Elliot Hughes
In an unnamed city, columnist Pinson Charfo wakes one morning to find a strange note at his bedside from a Mr. Ralfo to a Mr. Cormill, neither of whom he knows . . . the first in a succession of odd clues that seem designed specifically for him to follow. As Charfo investigates further, pursuing increasingly absurd leads, he becomes embroiled in a peculiar mystery featuring plagiarized manifestos, occult societies, masquerade balls, the search for pornographic prints, and a busted fountain whose runoff forms an underground river beneath the city’s unsuspecting feet. Elliot Hughes’s FOUNTAIN is a detective story in the best metaphysical and metafictional sense, a comic tour de force set in a world of shifting signs and dreamlike insolubility.
Elliot Hughes lives at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he's working on his PhD in high energy physics.