Maartje Wortel (1982) was kicked out of the School for Journalism because she invented too much in her stories. As a literary writer, she has become one of the most distinctive voices of her generation. She won the prestigious Anton Wachterprijs with her debut This is your House. With her latest novel, Ice Age, she won the BNG Literatuurprijs. Her latest collection of stories, Something Has to Happen, was nominated for both the Fintro and the ECI Literatuurprijs.