Sean Bernard is winner of the 2014 Juniper Prize for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Desert, Sonorous, will be published by UMass Press in 2015. Bernard’s debut novel, Studies in the Hereafter, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. His chapbook novella, Nuclear, was published by CutBank Books in 2013. Bernard’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including Santa Monica Review, Glimmer Train, Gigantic, and LIT, and he has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Poets & Writers, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. As a faculty member at the University of La Verne in southern California, he directs the undergraduate creative writing program and edits the literary journal Prism Review.
Runners up for the 2014 Juniper Prize for Fiction are Josh Barkan, Məxico: A Collection of Stories, and Leslee Wright, Partial Stranger.