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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 George McCormick
"The Mexican"
2013 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Being included in The O. Henry Prize Stories is an honor of the highest rank. Why? Because I imagine one day walking into the public library and seeing my story beside all those other volumes (organized by year, running the length of a stack) containing so many of those writers and stories I have admired for so long.

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I don't know what to say about writing in general other than writing well is one of the most difficult things I've ever tried to do in my life. As for the short story as a form, it wasn't until I realized that it had almost no market value (like poetry) that I felt utterly free to write whatever I wanted.

About the Author

George McCormick is the author of the story collection Salton Sea (2012). His fiction has appeared in Epoch, Willow Springs, CutBank, Santa Monica Review and Hayden's Ferry Review. He is a recipient of a Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant, and he currently works in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University. He divides his time between Lawton, Oklahoma, and Cooke City, Montana.

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