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All men. All white. All wrong. Lit has a long way to go.  -KD


ETA: Considering I was chastised by the contest director I will add this: I am not

at all a gender or ethnicity Nazi. However, I do think contests should be read

blindly as to anything about the author, and yes, I do think there is a pervasive

style in the literary world that was for the most part created by men and continues on.


Announcing The Story Prize Finalists

Three Collections Will Compete for the $20,000 Prize

January 12, 2016  By Literary Hub

Now in its 12th year, The Story Prize was established by Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey in 2004 to honor short fiction collections and to attract further attention to the form. Previous winners include Edwidge Danticat, Tobias Wolff, Claire Vaye Watkins, and many others. This year, The Story Prize selected three finalists from 100 submissions representing 64 different publishers and imprints. The three collections vying for 2016’s $20,000 top prize are:

There’s Something I Want You to Do, Charles BaxterBaxter story prize

Charles Baxter on The Story Prize blog · “Loyalty,” from There’s Something I Want You to Do · On Lit Hub, Baxter on the late poet Larry Levis

Thirteen Ways of Looking, Colum McCanncolum mcann story prize

Colum McCann on The Story Prize blog · An excerpt from Thirteen Ways of Looking ·
On Lit Hub, an essay about the NYC subway

Fortune Smiles, Adam JohnsonAdam Johnson story prize

Two excerpts from Fortune Smiles: “Interesting Facts” and on Lit Hub, “Nirvana”

Judges Anthony DoerrRita Meade, and Kathryn Schulz will choose a winner from these three finalists. The winner will be announced at The Story Prize’s annual award event at the New School’s Auditorium on Wednesday, March 2.