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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017

Prize Jury: David Bradley, Elizabeth McCracken, Brad Watson

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 contains twenty breathtaking stories—by a vibrant mix of established and emerging writers—selected by the series editor from the thousands published in literary magazines over the previous year. The collection includes essays by the three eminent guest jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and a comprehensive resource list of the many magazines and journals, both large and small, that publish short fiction.

  • See the list of this year's winners.
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    Interested in submitting a story for prize consideration? Read our Submission Guidelines for details and directions.

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  • 2017 Edition

    "Too Good to Be True"
    Michelle Huneven
    Chosen by: David Bradley

    "Secret Lives of the Detainees"
    Amit Majmudar
    The Kenyon Review
    Chosen by: Elizabeth McCracken

    Fiona McFarlane
    The New Yorker
    Chosen by: Brad Watson

    The Jurors on their Favorites...
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    Throughout the year, magazine editors submit their issues to The O. Henry Prize Stories series editor, Laura Furman. The stories must be published in an American or Canadian periodical and originally written in English. Novel excerpts and works in translation are not considered. Online publications are not eligible for submission to the O. Henry Prize Stories.

    From the multitude of stories submitted, the editor chooses twenty winners that stand out above the rest. Each juror then reads the twenty winning stories in manuscript form, without knowledge of author names or publications. Without consulting one another, they each select their favorite and write a short essay about what led them to their choice.

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