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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 Sam Savage
"Cigarettes"
2016 O. Henry Award-winning Author

I was surprised and heartened by my inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories. This will bring my story to more readers and, I hope, induce some of them to take a look at my novels.

(author photo © William Baldwin)


Writing Tips

I don't think of myself as a writer of short stories. They happen sometimes, in the dead space between novels, or in the unhappy stretches of being stuck. In those moments the interruption of a little story, brief and unexpected, is always a vivifying experience, leading me to think, "Oh, there is still something left inside, I am still a writer after all."


Writer's Desk

I don't expect to write another novel. Only poems now, some of them, maybe, in prose.


About the Author

Sam Savage is the author of five novels. His first novel, Firmin, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Originally from South Carolina, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


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