Adjunct Professor Hannah Weyer wins The Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story 'Sanctuary City'

September 12, 2018

Headshot of Hannah WeyerAdjunct Professor Hannah Weyer won The Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story Sanctuary City, a prize which honors her with a $1000 cash reward and publication in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Tampa Review.


The Danahy Fiction Prize, judged by the editors of Tampa Review, is given annually for a previously unpublished work of short fiction between 500 and 5000 words.


"The idea for Sanctuary City came to me after a subway commute and an overheard conversation—three boys on a train discussing a violent altercation,” Weyer said in an interview with the Tampa Review. "Around this same time, a family friend had been in a schoolyard fight, which was recorded, then posted on YouTube." Tampa Review judges praised Weyer for portraying complex and fully realized characters as they struggle not only with violence, but with their own generational and cultural gaps. "Weyer’s story is perceptive and timely," Tampa Review editor Richard Mathews wrote. "She has a cinematic eye for detail and a fantastic ear for dialog."


Weyer recently completed a novel, On The Come Up  which was published by Nan Talese/Knopff in 2013. The book received a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award and Weyer was a NAACP Image Award Nominee for Debut Author. She has also written, directed, and produced narrative and documentary films that have played at major film festivals around the globe such as Sundance, Locarno, New York Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. At Columbia, Weyer teaches Screenwriting in the Film MFA Program.