The short story is once again a hot literary form and this year's edition of Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards underscores this trend. The top-three prize-winning authors--Lorrie Moore, Steven Millhauser, and Alice Munro--are each acknowledged masters of the form and each either have collections out or will in the months ahead. Lorrie Moore's Birds of America, which includes her 1st-prize winning story "People Like That Are the Only People Here," is slated for September publication. Steven Millhauser's collection, The Knife Thrower, of which the 2nd-prize winner is the title story, was published by Crown, in May, to critical acclaim. And 3rd-prize winner "The Children Stay" will be part of Alice Munro's much anticipated new collection, The Love of a Good Woman, due out this fall from Knopf.
Prize Stories 1998 also features popular short story writers Thom Jones and George Saunders and includes short stories by renowned writers better known for their work in longer forms: Rick Bass, Louise Erdrich, and Annie Proulx. As always, readers will also discover writers they may not have heard of yet, such as Brian Evenson, Josip Novakovich, Akhil Sharma, and Maxine Swann, to name just a few.
In this section of Bold Type, devoted to Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards, you'll find: the contents of the 1998 edition; O. Henry Awards FAQs; up-to-date listings of Magazines Consulted, with links to Web sites; a list of jurors past, present, and future;. and an O. Henry Award-winning story by Maxine Swann, called "Flower Children."
This is a great time for those who love short stories, with lots of great writers turning their attention to the form, many new voices emerging, and great fiction being published in magazines and short story collections. Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards is just the tip of the iceberg. Chill out and enjoy.
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