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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 Elizabeth Strout
"Snow Blind"
2015 O. Henry Award-winning Author

I am thrilled to be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories; it's such an honor. It's a collection I have read for years, and to be in it now is a source of great pleasure to me.

(author photo © Dario-Lasagni)


Writing Tips

Writing for me has always been a relationship—between the readers and me. I hope to make the readers see something they have always seen, but not known they've seen it, or to make the readers feel less alone in some way with their own experiences of the world.


Writer's Desk

I am working on a piece of fiction.


About the Author

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and is the author of four books of fiction. Amy and Isabelle won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize for First Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is also the author of Abide With Me, and Olive Kitteridge, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, and most recently The Burgess Boys, nominated for the Harper Lee Prize in fiction. She lives in New York City.


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