Congratulations to Aimee LaBrie, the 2022 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize Adult category winner with her short story collection, "Rage and Other Cages"! Judging the finalists, Nancy Pearl said, "Each one of these three finalists was a strong contender and choosing the winning entry was difficult. In the end, I went with the book that spoke to me most strongly."
Aimee teaches creative writing at Rutgers and is the Senior Program Administrator for Writers House. Several of the stories in this winning collection were written in the class she took with Joyce Carol Oates and in England while supervising students during the study abroad program. Aimee’s short stories have appeared in the Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, StoryQuarterly, Cimarron Review, Pleiades, Beloit Fiction Journal, Permafrost Magazine, and others. In 2020, her short story “Rage” won first place in Solstice Literary Magazine’s Annual Literary Contest and her novel in progress won the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Award. In 2007, her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and published in a small print run (University of North Texas Press 2007). Her short fiction has been nominated four times for Pushcart Prizes. In 2012 she won first place in the Zoetrope: All-Story’s Short Fiction Competition.