Scholarship Winner


Andrew Elsakr submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


Mohamed Hossam, a deadbeat drifter who believes he has supernatural powers, returns to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, for the first time in years. After a home invasion leaves him wheelchair-bound, he has no choice but to live with his manipulative and volatile younger brother Jimmy Carter Hossam, a former child actor who makes Mohamed his right-hand man in his upcoming run for senator. As the election grows closer, old conflicts re-emerge, and Jimmy’s assignments for Mohamed become increasingly questionable.


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About Andrew

Vanderbilt University

Andrew Elsakr is a writer from Memphis, TN, who is currently attending Vanderbilt University. His favorite writers at the moment include Roberto Bolaño and Larry Brown. He is currently studying English and Business and is eager to continue working for Magic Ears, an online ESL company, upon graduation.

His winning entry, Cain, was selected for its strong premise and riveting prose.