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What does it mean to be included in the O. Henry Prize Stories? How does an author refine their art? We've given the authors of the winning and recommended stories free rein to share their thoughts on these questions and others, and the result is a rare treat.

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Comments Adam Atlas
"New Year's Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims' Hospital, Naples, Italy"
2011 PEN/O. Henry Recommended Story

I am deeply grateful to series editor Laura Furman for honoring the piece as the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Recommended Story. Not only does such recognition bring pleasure, but also the possibility of more people being brought to the work, a true prize indeed.

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Writing Tips

Fiction is a mystery to me and I have little to say regarding its craft. But this is what I want when I read it: I want to be moved by the author's feeling. I want that feeling to be transmitted in exact and singular speech, wrought precisely as the feeling commands. I want this speech to take me—not by the hand, but by the heart—to the truth of what we must do, in any given moment, to keep ourselves alive.


About the Author

Adam Atlas was born in 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.


Writer's Desk

I am working very hard on a novel.


Writer's Desk

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