Winner of the 2024 AHP Fiction Prize

May 25, 2024

Autumn House is pleased to announce that The Great Grownup Game of Make-Believe by Lauren Woods was selected by Kristen Arnett as the winner of our 2024 Fiction Prize. We’re so pleased to publish this debut collection in October 2025. 

Lauren D. Woods writes fiction and essays, which have appeared in The Antioch Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Moon City Review, Lit Hub, Passages North, and elsewhere. Her work was cited as a notable Best American Essay in 2023, and her stories have been nominated for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. Lauren lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and four children and has spent her other career in human rights and foreign policy.



We’d also like to congratulate the finalists and semi-finalists for their wonderful collections and thank everyone who submitted. We’re grateful for the opportunity to read your work and wish you success. 

Thanks also to the judge, Kristen, for all her hard work.



The Errand by Paul Bergstraesser

Los Perdidos by Afsheen Farhadi

I Guess We All Saw This Coming by Suzanne Greenberg

Smoke by Onyinye Ihezukwu

The Pacific End by Jacob Moniz



The Weight You’re Born With by Mary Grimm

Critical Cartography and Other Stories by Joseph Levens

House of D.O.U.B.T. by LN Lewis

In Rooms with Boys by Madari Pendas

Now I’m Photogenic and Other Stories I Tell Myself by Jill Rosenberg

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