Christian TeBordo, assistant professor of English and Creative Writing and director of Roosevelt’s Creative Writing program, has won the first Bridge Eight Fiction Prize with his work entitled Ghost Engine.
Prof. TeBordo is the author of five books, including a collection of short fiction (The Awful Possibilities) and his most recent novel, Toughlahoma (which won Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series). Bridge Eight describes his award-winning collection of sixteen stories, Ghost Engine, as “both funny and dark, absurd and strikingly real.” Their senior fiction editor raved, “Ghost Engine haunted me in the best way. It made me laugh, it made me think, but more importantly, when I would take a break from the manuscript, I would miss reading it.”
“It is difficult to secure publication for a collection of short stories in the competitive, 21st-century publishing world,” said Dr. Gina Buccola, Roosevelt professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities. “To do so as the result of upping the ante by winning a competition for publication, such as the Bridge Eight Fiction Prize, is a much more pleasant form of a lightning strike. And for Christian, lightning truly did strike twice,” Buccola added. TeBordo secured publication of his novel Toughlahoma by winning the Rescue Press Open Prose contest in 2015. “We are fortunate to have a writer of his stature as director of the Roosevelt University Creative Writing program,” said Buccola.
“As an admirer of Bridge Eight since their start as a print journal,” TeBordo said, “I'm honored to have been chosen for their inaugural book prize. I'm also grateful for the support and encouragement of my colleagues and students at Roosevelt, and to the University for my research leave that allowed me to finish Ghost Engine."
Christian TeBordo has been the director of Roosevelt’s Creative Writing program since 2013. His writing workshops include fictions forms, narrative design, the short story, compression and fragmentation, and many others.
Bridge Eight Press is a Florida-based literary publisher producing “accessible fiction and poetry that speaks directly to the world our readers live in today.” Ghost Engine will be published later this year as part of the Bridge Eight Press 2019 catalog.
Story written by Charlotte Cherne (MFA Creative Writing ’19)