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Short Story Written By Manhattanville Student Nominated for Pushcart Prize

Susan MoorheadWhile working towards her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, Susan Moorhead wrote “The Exit,” in Neela Vaswani’s Cross-Genre Workshop, which has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

”The Exit,” is a fictional tale of a young woman coming home after spending a year in France. Moorhead, who did spend a year in France, got the idea to write the story after talking to another classmate about her experiences. The story blends what she went through while abroad as well as anecdotes she heard from others.

The Pushcart Prize is an annual anthology of about 60 short stories and poems that were published independently or by small presses or magazines. Each nomination must have been published or scheduled to be published during the year prior to the anthology being released. If chosen Moorhead’s story, which was published in the fall of 2013, will appear in “Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses (2015 Edition),” in November of 2014.

This is the second time Moorhead has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her non-fiction memoir “Double Vision,” was previously nominated, but not chosen.

Moorhead believes that her success stems from having the confidence to submit her work to publishers, and she encourages other writers to do the same. She compares it to working with classmates, but in a larger arena which makes finding success that much more amazing.

“They won’t come and pull it out of your drawer,” she said. She has followed her own advice and has submitted other works she has done for classes to be published.

Moorhead will be receiving her Master of Fine Arts in January, and previously earned her Master of Arts from Manhattanville in 2004.

Read “The Exit” for yourself here.

Learn more about the Pushcart Prize here