UM Alumna, Instructor, Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Literary Prize

November 30, 2017

Dana Fitz GaleMISSOULA – A University of Montana alumna, instructor and current doctoral student recently received a prestigious literary award for her novel-in-progress.

Dana Fitz Gale, who earned her MFA in creative writing in 2013 and currently teaches in UM’s Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders, won the 2017 Ellen Levine Prize for “Able,” a novel she’s writing about a famous space monkey, the legacy of the Cold War and the hardships of small, Midwestern town. The award, which includes a $7,500 grant, honors writers who have already published at least one book of fiction. The Hudson Review nominated her for the accolade.

“I’m deeply grateful to the Hudson Review for their support and to Ellen Levine for her amazing generosity,” Fitz Gale said. “This gives me renewed energy and confidence that the book is on the right track.”

Fitz Gale, who is pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at UM, received the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her debut story collection, “Spells for Victory and Courage,” published in 2016. That book was also a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Ohio State Book Award.

The Ellen Levine Prize is sponsored by literary agent Ellen Levine and managed by the New York Community Trust.

For more information call Fitz Gale at 406-243-2604 or email

Contact: Dana Fitz Gale, UM adjunct instructor and doctoral student, 406-243-2604, .