The 2005 winner of the annual $15,000 Sherwood Anderson Writer's Grant is Jacob Appel of New York City, Michael M. Spear, co-president of the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, has announced.
"Of the more than 40 fiction entries to the Writer's Grant competition this year, we think Appel's short stories “The Frying Finn”, “Measures of Sorrow” and “The Ataturk of the Outer Boroughs” best illustrate the thoughtful, quirky simplicity and the economy of effect that Anderson himself used in his "Winesburg, Ohio" stories," Spear said.
Appel has published regularly in the last half dozen years in publications that range from medical and law to literary reviews. He is the 17th recipient of the annual grant, which the foundation began awarding to emerging writers in 1988.
"The award will give me a momentary reprieve from the tasks of breadwinning and an opportunity to concentrate fulltime on my writing," Appel said. "I am currently working on a novel set on the barrier islands off Florida's Gulf Coast, also the setting of many of my short stories. When this project finally comes to fruition, it will owe a great debt of gratitude to the Sherwood Anderson Foundation for its generosity."
In making the award each year, the foundation is carrying on a tradition started by Anderson in the last century when he helped, both William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway get published initially, Spear said.
Appel teaches a course at Columbia University titled "Challenges in Bioethics," and a course at Brown University titled "Medicine, Law and Morality."
Among former Writer's Grant winners who have received significant recognition in recent years are Randall Kenan and Ron Rash, Spear said.