book prizes

The Fence Modern Prize in Prose 2017 will be open to works of travel writing and / or food writing from 12:00 a.m. EST on February 1 through 11:59 p.m. on February 29. Submissions may be up to 250 pages of approximately 12 pt., double-spaced manuscript. The fee to submit is $29. The winning manuscript will receive a prize of $1,000 and be published in 2017. Go here (in February) to submit your manuscript. 


The winner of the 2016 Fence Modern Prize in Prose will be announced soon. 


The winner of the 2015 Fence Modern Prize in Prose is OS GRABELAND, by eteam (aka Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger), selected by Lynne Tillman. Os Grabeland is forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2016.








OS Grabeland is an “artists’ novel” interspersed with documentary photographs, which depicts the intrusion of a couple of New York artists on a group of elderly farmers in rural northeast Germany. The artists, German emigrants to the US themselves, return to their homeland as Capitalist landowners, to the profound discomfort of the ten stubborn, impoverished farmers who have rarely ventured beyond the bounds of their village. A three-year delay in an isolated village transforms the participants: the artists begin to cook and clean for the farmers, as the farmers endeavor to perform conceptual art for the artists. With no audience or particular goal, the experiment progresses in unforeseen, transformational ways. OS Grabeland bears witness to this singular investigation, which at once validates and undermines society’s rote concepts of work, art, education, ancestry, integrity, love, and ignorance.

The novel is the result of a project that was supported with grants from Creative Capital and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Since 2001, eteam have trafficked in transience. At the intersection of relational aesthetics, the internet, and land art, eteam coordinates collective happenings and conceptual transactions between the earthly plane and the realms of the interweb, often reconstructed in hypnotic video work, radio plays, or more recently novellas and novels. Their projects have been featured at PS1 NY, MUMOK Vienna, Centre Pompidou Paris, Transmediale Berlin, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, New York Video Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the 11th Biennale of Moving Images in Geneva, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, among others. eteam has also received grants from Art in General, NYSCA, and Rhizome, and were residents at the CLUI, Eyebeam, Smack Mellon, Yaddo and the Macdowell Colony.


PAST WINNERS & JUDGES (where applicable)

Ottessa Moshfegh, McGlue (2014, Rivka Galchen)