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Congratulations Karim Julien, Winner of the First Annual Norton Girault Literary Prize!

Apr 15 2012

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault, who has been a long-time supporter of ODU’s M.F.A. Creative Writing Program, and familiar face in program workshops.

Norton Girault Interview at Prince Books

Thank you to John Henry Doucette for the video.




Judge Cristina García

chose a single winner from nearly one hundred entries:

“Ayida” by Karim Julien

“A haunting, beautifully imagined story that surprises the reader on every page with its arresting imagery and insights. Although the two main characters are quite young, their preoccupations are serious: identity, displacement, rites of passage, death.  The setting, too, is immaculately rendered—and we linger in the unforgiving cold of their remote Canadian home.” – Cristina García


Julien wins $1,000 and his story will appear in the April 2012 issue of Barely South Review, which will go online in its new format April 16th, 2012.

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