The Wonder That Was ours

A Novel

Published Works


The Wonder That Was Ours (Dzanc Books, 2018)

*Available at Dzanc Books, Antigone Books (Tucson), Barnes & Noble and

Novel Excerpt, Cagibi (online, August 2018)


“Mr. Chips and the Mango-Tango Mother Ship,” in Portal 10: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction (Lascaux Books, 2019)

“Going Home,” Notre Dame Review 47 (Winter/Spring 2019) (print)

“Cash Redemption,” Stonecoast Review 10 (Winter 2019)

“Predictably (The Heart of the Matter),” Monkeybicycle, Feb 1, 2019 (online)

“Our Exalted Terrestrial Kingdom,” Fiction International 51 (print)

“Dying Days,” Hot Metal Bridge, Spring 2019 (online)

“Siri in Therapy,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse, December 5, 2018 (online)

“A Tenderness Rarely Seen,” Jellyfish Review, February 2018 (online)

“Through the Cracks, Into the Sky,” Madison Review (Fall 2017) (online)

“Alt Gratitude List: What Might Have Been If I’d Never Left Chicago,” Contrary (Fall 2017) (online)

“Mr. Chips and the Mango-Tango Mother Ship,” Lascaux Review, Reprint Issue (online)

“A Perfectly Good Husband,” Crack the Spine, 216 (May 24, 2017) (online)

“Irish Lessons,” Beloit Fiction Journal, 30 (Spring 2017) (print)

“Reduced Circumstances,” Alaska Quarterly Review 33:4 (Winter 2017) (print)

“Mr. Chips and the Mango-Tango Mother Ship,” 34th Parallel Magazine, 36 (Fall 2016) (print)

“Love in the Age of Global Warming,” Defenestration, December 2016 (online)

“Marrying Money,” Storyteller, 2016 Issue (print)

“Thursday Night in a Transvestite Truckers’ Bar in Michigan,” Albuquerque Arts, 2010 (online)


Creative Nonfiction

“These Shoes Are Made for Gawking,” Sou’wester, Spring 2019 (forthcoming)

“Laughing Meditation,” and “Looking Glass,” Glassworks, March 1, 2019 (online)

“Shelfie,” The Coil (online, October 10, 2018)

“Book Notes” and “Novel Playlist,” Largehearted Boy (online, September 4, 2018)

“Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Swag: Spring Break 2018 at the AWP,” Fiction Southeast (online)

“Death, Up Close and Impersonal,” Chautauqua, 2018 (print) 

“General Grant Wore a Pink Dress,” Fourth Genre, 20 (Fall 2018) (print)

“Rough (Draft) Sex, or, Fifty Shades of Impossible,” Gargoyle 65 (2017) (Print)


Salted Earth,” Cagibi Issue 6, April 2019 (online)

“Last Journey to the Sea,” Galway Review,” March 2018 (online)

“A Camaraderie Only Cold Can Produce,” Storyteller 2016 (print)

“A Porcupine’s Revenge,” Minetta Review, Spring 2017 (online)

“Fifteen” and “Faceless Women,” S/tick, Issue 3.4 (online)


Winner, Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award, for The Wonder That Was Ours, 2019

Grand Prize Short List and First Runner-up for General Fiction Category, Eric Hoffer Award, 2019

Second-Place Winner, Friends of American Writers (Chicago) Literary Award, for The Wonder That Was Ours, 2019.

Finalist, Philadelphia Stories Short Fiction Contest, for “King Solomon’s Sword,” 2019.

Pima County Library Writer in Residence, Spring 2019

Long List, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, 2018

Winner, Dzanc Books 2017 Prize for Fiction

Honorable Mention, New Flash Fiction Review, Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction, 2018

Notable Mention, Gemini Magazine, 2018 Short Story Competition

Finalist, Bellingham Review, Annual Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2017

Finalist, Fourth Genre, Annual Steinberg Essay Contest, 2017

Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train, April/May Fiction Open, 2016

Participant, Tucson Festival of Books Masters’ Workshop, 2016

Second Place, Southwest Authors’ Association 2016 Poetry Contest


After graduating from 28th grade at the University of Michigan, Alice Hatcher turned her attention from footnotes to fiction, and has since published short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry. To the immense relief of everyone who knows her, she finally completed the 3,475th draft of her first novel The Wonder That Was Ours, winner of the 2017 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. She is thrilled beyond description and grateful to those who supported her while she wrote a novel narrated by a collective of cockroaches. Many thanks to the members of RAW (Readers as Writers) and Write Wednesday, two groups that have helped make Tucson the dusty SOHO of the SW. 


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