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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 Adrienne Celt
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

To me, the most wonderful thing about being included in The O. Henry Prize Stories is that it creates a vital connection on so many levels: to readers, editors, other writers, and other stories. It gives me happy shivers to think that my work will forever be in conversation not only with the other selections for this year's anthology, but with the whole rich history of The O. Henry Prize Stories — which I've followed with awe for many years, and which I know will continue to grow into the future.

(author photo © Rosalind Shipley)

Writing Tips

One reason I'm drawn to literature is that I don't believe in the solidity or singularity of human personalities. I think we are all more than one person, shifting subtly or not-so-subtly between personas in different environments and states of mind. Storytelling honors this idea—even enacts it—by its very nature: putting someone else's words in your mouth and thoughts in your head. I love that flexible space. I need life to be a little fluid. Otherwise, I fear that existence would squeeze too tightly.

Writer's Desk

I'm always working on new stories, new comics, new ideas. At the moment I'm also finishing a round of revisions on a new novel, which (without betraying my superstitious nature and giving away too much, too soon) is about kidnapping, the implicit untrustworthiness of perception, men and women, murder and memory.

About the Author

Adrienne Celt was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She's the author of the novel The Daughters, and her short fiction and comics have appeared in numerous publications, including Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Bat City Review, Puerto del Sol, and The Rumpus. The recipient of residencies and awards from the Ragdale Foundation, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Willapa Bay AiR, and the Esquire/Aspen Writers Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest, Celt currently lives in Tucson, AZ.

Writer's Desk

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