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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 Alan Rossi
"The Buddhist"
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Anthologies like The O. Henry Prize Stories were among the first that I read as a younger writer. I was often excited and intimidated and vaguely envious of the writing inside, but I was mainly awed by the great stories in the volumes. I never thought that anything I wrote would be included in one, and now that a piece is included, my little hope is that it gives another reader, or another young writer, the same feeling of awe and interest and excitement I had when I first read those stories.

(author photo © Emily Rossi)

Writing Tips

From my very limited perspective, we all live through fiction. Our lives—I'm Alan, born in this city, to these parents, grew up, etc.—are fictions we have told ourselves. We edit out, we exaggerate, we make neutral or more thrilling. I think of my own writing as trying to get at, through fiction, the fiction of our existence. In some small way, my aim with writing is always to open myself, and hopefully the reader, to something beyond the fictions we live through.

Writer's Desk

I'm attempting to get a novel, called "The Broken Enso," published. I'm also working on a new novel and new stories.

About the Author

Alan Rossi's fiction has won a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, The Missouri Review, The Florida Review, Fiction, and many other journals. He is a teacher at the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities and lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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