Literary Hub is pleased to announce the finalists for the 14th Story Prize, an annual award to honor the year’s best short story collections. The author of the winning collection will be awarded $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl, and the runners-up will each receive $5,000. The three finalists below were selected by Story Prize Founder Julie Lindsey and Director Larry Dark, but the winner will be chosen by an independent committee of three: Susan Minot, Walton Muyumba, and Stephanie Sendaula.
The finalists for the 2018 Story Prize are:
“We’ve never seen as deep a field of quality short story collections. That made it even more difficult than usual to choose three finalists. These books stood out in their capacity to bring into focus through their own distinctive lenses the porous borders between the strange and the familiar,” Director Larry Dark said in a statement.
The winner will be announced on February 28th at an awards ceremony at the New School.
The previous winners of the Story Prize are: The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat; The Hill Road by Patrick O’Keeffe; The Stories of Mary Gordon; Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard; Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff; In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniel Mueenuddin; Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr; We Others by Steven Millhauser; Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins; Tenth of December by George Saunders, Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken, Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson, and For a Little While by Rick Bass.