Vincent Scarpa Wins Norman Mailer Award

Vincent Scarpa, a recent Emerson graduate was one of four students to win the Norman Mailer Award for Best College Fiction Writing. Vincent’s story beat out four finalists: from Yale, Stanford, and the University of Iowa. Alec Baldwin hosted the ceremony last month in New York City. Vincent was awarded with $10,000 and a month-long fellowship to the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony on Cape Cod. When Scarpa attends the Writers’ Colony in May, he’ll be among a group staying in Provincetown while participating in workshops and readings.

The story, “I Hope You’re Wrong About Scottsdale,” is about a failed actress who takes a job as a phone psychic. Vincent conducted his own research for the story by calling a dozen psychics and indulging himself. “It’s funny that people will pay to hear good news,” he said. “Every time I called the psychics they said the same thing every single time. It’s sad and hilarious.” Scarpa’s story was written as a project for Professor Jessica Treadway’s Advanced Fiction class. He enrolled in her class because he loved her book, referring to Please Come Back To Me, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for short story fiction. Vincent graduated in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing, and is now applying to graduate school.

By Chris Paredes

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