Anchor Books The O. Henry Prize Stories
About the Series Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction
O. Henry Bio
Publishing History
Author Spotlight
Prize Jury
About the Editor
Notable Magazines
Index of Literary Magazines
Contact Us
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  • PEN American Center
    In 2009, the ninetieth since the establishment of the collection, the O. Henry Prize Stories formed a partnership with PEN. Read more about the venture in the 2009 Editor's Note, and visit the PEN web site to read more about the organization and its many projects.

  • O. Henry

    • O. Henry Museum
      Founded in 1934, the O. Henry Museum is situated in the last house where he and his family lived during their Austin years. A National Literary Landmark, the museum exhibits first editions, letters, photographs, and personal artifacts.

    • O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
      An annual competition held in Austin each summer.

    • O. Henry Festival
      Held roughly every two years, this festival in Greensboro, NC, celebrates O. Henry, creative writing, and short stories through a national short story writing contest, guest authors, keynote speakers, and more.

  • Magazines
    Visit the Web sites of magazines consulted by the series editor by browsing through our Index of Literary Magazines.

  • Literary Organizations
    Visit the online homes of these organizations which specialize in helping writers develop their craft.

    • AWP: The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
      Founded in 1967, AWP supports writers and writing programs around the world through conferences, contests, resources, and The Writer's Chronicle magazine.

    • The Authors Guild
      From 1919 on, the Guild has worked on behalf of its members to lobby for free speech, copyrights and other issues of concern to authors and bring authors the latest news in the publishing industry via the Guild Bulletin.

    • PEN American Center
      A fellowship of writers working for more than seventy-five years to advance literature, to promote a culture of reading, and to defend free expression.

    • Poets & Writers
      The nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serves as a primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

  • For Teachers
    For information on desk and exam copies or to browse our titles by academic discipline, visit our Academic Resources site.
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  • There's no doubt about it--short stories are a hot trend for Reading Groups, and the freedom and flexibility they offer will appeal to everyone in your club! There's no better place to start than The O. Henry Prize Stories. Selecting this acclaimed collection for discussion in your group allows you to compare and contrast a variety of different writers--from established masters to new talents. Series editor Laura Furman has done the hard part of selecting the best for you, so give it a try--there's a whole world of great literature to discover!

    Visit the Reading Group Center to get in on the action with general Discussion Resources, Reading Group Guides, author interviews, tour schedules, and much more!