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Laura Furman, series editor of The O. Henry Prize Stories since 2003, is the winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for her fiction. The author of seven books, including her recent story collection The Mother Who Stayed, she taught writing for many years at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Central Texas.

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O. Henry Prize Stories 2005

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $9.99

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013
Including stories by Donald Antrim, Andrea Barrett, Ann Beattie, Deborah Eisenberg, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Kelly Link, Alice Munro, and Lily Tuck
Series edited by Laura Furman
Contribution by Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman and Jim Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $15.95

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories take place in such far-flung locales as a gorgeous sailboat in Hong Kong, a Cuban sugar plantation, the Kenai River in Alaska, a mansion in... Read more >
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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013
Including stories by Donald Antrim, Andrea Barrett, Ann Beattie, Deborah Eisenberg, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Kelly Link, Alice Munro, and Lily Tuck
Series edited by Laura Furman
Contribution by Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman and Jim Shepard


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006

Written by Laura Furman


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 7, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $9.99

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.00

“Widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly

Since its establishment in 1919, the O. Henry Prize stories collection has offered an exciting selection of the best stories published in hundreds of literary magazines every year. Such classic works of American literature as Ernest Hemingway’s The... Read more >

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O. Henry Prize Stories 2005

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00

“Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction.” —The Atlantic Monthly

Prize Jury: Cristina Garcia, Ann Patchett, Richard Russo

Since its establishment eighty-five years ago, each volume of the O. Henry Prize Stories has offered an exciting selection of the best stories published in hundreds of literary magazines, giving readers... Read more >
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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006

Written by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.95

A radiant reflection of contemporary fiction at its best, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 features stories from locales as diverse as Russia, Zimbabwe, and the rural American South. Series editor Laura Furman considered thousands of stories in hundreds of literary magazines before selecting the winners, which are accompanied here by... Read more >
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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $15.95

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories roam the world, from Nigeria to Venice, from an erupting volcano in Iceland to a brothel in the old Wild West. They feature a dazzling... Read more >
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O. Henry Prize Stories 2007

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $17.00

An arresting collection of contemporary fiction at its best, these stories explore a vast range of subjects, from love and deception to war and the insidious power of class distinctions. However clearly spoken, in voices sophisticated, cunning, or na•ve, here is fiction that consistently defies our expectations. Selected from thousands of... Read more >

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O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $16.00

An annual collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 is studded with extraordinary settings and characters: a teenager in survivalist Alaska, the seed keeper of a doomed Chinese village, a young woman trying... Read more >

The PEN O. Henry Prize Stories 2012
Including stories by John Berger, Wendell Berry, Anthony Doerr, Lauren Groff, Yi
Written by Laura Furman


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $11.99

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PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.00

A perennial classic now in partnership with PEN American Center

Featuring stories selected from thousands published in literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Díaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as... Read more >

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PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010

Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $16.00

A collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010 brings to life a dazzling array of subjects: a street orphan in Malaysia, a cowboy and his teenage bride, a Russian nanny in Manhattan, a... Read more >

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PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011
The Best Stories of the Year
Edited by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $15.95

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 contains twenty unforgettable stories selected from hundreds of literary magazines. The winning tales take place in such far-flung locales as Madagascar, Nantucket, a Midwestern meth lab, Antarctica, and a post-apocalyptic England, and feature a fascinating array of characters: aging jazzmen, avalanche researchers, a South African... Read more >
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PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011
The Best Stories of the Year
Edited by Laura Furman


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012
Including stories by John Berger, Wendell Berry, Anthony Doerr, Lauren Groff, Yi
Written by Laura Furman


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the imagination in settings as various as an army training camp in China, the salt mines of Detroit, a divided Balkan... Read more >
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