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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016

Prize Jury: Molly Antopol, Peter Cameron, Lionel Shriver

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories range in setting from Japan at the outset of World War II to a remote cabin in the woods of Wyoming, and the characters that inhabit them range from a misanthropic survivor of an apocalyptic flood to a unicorn hidden in a suburban house. Whether fantastical or realistic, gothic or lyrical, the stories here are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by the editor's introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

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    Interested in submitting a story for prize consideration? Read our Submission Guidelines for details and directions.

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  • 2016 Edition

    "Train to Harbin"
    Asako Serizawa
    The Hudson Review
    Chosen by: Molly Antopol

    "Winter, 1965"
    Frederic Tuten
    Chosen by: Peter Cameron

    Lionel Shriver
    The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic
    Chosen by: Cimarron Review

    The Jurors on their Favorites...
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    Throughout the year, magazine editors submit their issues to The O. Henry Prize Stories series editor, Laura Furman. The stories must be published in an American or Canadian periodical and originally written in English. Novel excerpts and works in translation are not considered. Online publications are not eligible for submission to the O. Henry Prize Stories.

    From the multitude of stories submitted, the editor chooses twenty winners that stand out above the rest. Each juror then reads the twenty winning stories in manuscript form, without knowledge of author names or publications. Without consulting one another, they each select their favorite and write a short essay about what led them to their choice.

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