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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 Ha Jin
PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

Being included in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories means that my story is a good piece of literary fiction and that it gives me the excitement I used to have when I was a beginner.

(author photo © Jerry Bauer)


Writing Tips

I revise my stories endlessly. All depends on how much patience I have. A better writer is the one willing to take more pains.



About the Author

Ha Jin was born in China in 1956. He has published five novels, three collections of short stories, three volumes of poetry, and a book of non-fiction, The Writer as Migrant. He has received the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other prizes. His short fiction has been included in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories and many other anthologies, and was chosen for The Pushcart Prize four times. Ha Jin teaches writing and literature at Boston University. He lives outside Boston.


Writer's Desk

  • I have a story collection forthcoming 2009. It is entitled A Good Fall, and all the stories are set in Flushing, New York.


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