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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 Ottessa Moshfegh
"Slumming"
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It's a delight to see my story exist in this new context. The more people read what I write, the more my work resonates; I can feel that vibration. It makes me happy.

(author photo © Krystal Griffiths)


Writing Tips

The other day a friend and I were discussing the following question. "If you were a force of nature, what would you be?" I said I'd be a tornado. Not because of its destructive power, but because of the whirling universe of things inside of it. That's what my imagination feels like—a tornado of things. When I write, I'm taking stock of my constantly shifting inner universe. It's grounding for me to translate my psychic energies into fiction. And writing gives me a way to connect with people.


Writer's Desk

I am working on two novels and a screenplay.


About the Author

Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of McGlue, Eileen, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and, in 2017, a collection of short stories, Homesick for Another World. She lives in the Northeast and in California.


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