2015 Electric Book Award: The Girl Wakes

Announcement originally published on 2/12/15

We are pleased to announce the winner of The 2015 Electric Book Award, honoring publication, prize recognition, a cash honorarium, and full publicity packages to an unpublished manuscript. The finalist manuscripts were judged blindly by an external panel, and then the Alternating Current Editorial Staff collectively selected the winner from the finalists, in order to ensure that the chosen manuscript fully represented our press’ vision. We feel that this incredible manuscript deserves publication and attention, and the winning book will be published in early 2016. We are proud to present the winner of The Electric Book Award:

The Girl Wakes

This full-length story and novella collection is for the girl in all of us — whatever horrors that might mean. Dark, strange, lyrical, full of frustrated desire and whimsy, this collection paints a vivid picture of femininity in the clutches of fantasy, reflecting the brutality of growing up a girl. Warning: there are several witches within. There is also a tender heart, a painful core, and a disastrous coming-of-age of every and any girl, told through dreams and metaphorical fairytales that mirror real life and are not for the faint of heart.

Through thirteen stories and two novellas, Carmen Lau weaves tales of a girl who is the sole survivor of the murder of her family at the hands of a witch who mysteriously loves her; a radically different take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale — described as “too subversive to be sentimental” by Locus Online Reviews; a sad story told in the form of a joke (because sometimes that’s the only way to deal with the terrible); a girl who becomes queen of a fantastical land, but is haunted by the continual visits of her abused mother and schizophrenic cousin; the fractured story of a girl who marries into myth; and other narratives too fantastical to be real and too real to be fantasy.

CARMEN LAU (artemisathene) is a graduate of the UC Davis MA in Creative Writing program. She has been published in or has work forthcoming from A Cappella Zoo, Contrary, EAP Magazine, Fairy Tale Review, Fantastique Unfettered, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prick of the Spindle, Shimmer Magazine, and The Collagist.

We are proud to be putting forth this book in early 2016. Please stay tuned to our website and blogs for further information as the book’s own fairytale unfolds.