Tag Archives: The Story Prize

Good Chemistry at The Story Prize

Wednesday night’s Story Prize event was, as always, entertaining and edifying. There’s something about the chemistry of getting three very disparate short story writers together to read their work and talk about it—the distillery that goes into short fiction makes for some good, concentrated conversation among its practitioners, and three is a reasonable number for […]

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A Satisfying Night for The Story Prize

Was it just me, or was this year’s Story Prize event an even better show than usual? Which is not to say that it ever isn’t good—Larry Dark and his finalists never fail to be interesting and lively. And, as I’m fond of pointing out, there are only three of them, which means even the […]

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Tales of the Unread: NBCC and The Story Prize Finalists

Two of my favorite shortlists, the National Book Critics Circle and The Story Prize, were announced this week, and there are some really choice picks among them. Oh, I know, I say that every year. Maybe they just look extra good right now because I haven’t read many of the books in question. Even the […]

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Steven Millhauser Wins the 2011 Story Prize

A field of three is all dynamic tension: no sure thing, no dark horse. Which is what makes The Story Prize such a good competition—three short fiction collections, no particular agenda. With three nominees you can’t hope for an even distribution of anything, so it might as well just be about the writing. This year […]

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Contenders: The Story Prize and the Tournament of Books

One of the best things January has going for it, other than the fact of having gotten through the holidays intact, is the announcement of the finalists in two of my favorite book contests: The Story Prize and the Morning News Tournament of Books. Both of them manage to hit the interface between serious and […]

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Anthony Doerr Wins the 2010 Story Prize

Last night’s award event for The Story Prize couldn’t have been less of a sure thing, which made for an exciting contest and some very good readings and discussion. Anthony Doerr’s Memory Wall, Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, and Suzanne Rivecca’s Death Is Not an Option were strong contenders with clear, singular voices—if it’s […]

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Story Prize Finalist (2010) — Death Is Not an Option

There are all sorts of reasons to love The Story Prize. It promotes the art of the short story collection; director Larry Dark always puts together a first-class team of judges and does his legwork; and it’s completely possible to read all of the finalists between the time the shortlist is announced and the award […]

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Story Prize Finalist (2010) – Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Yiyun Li has said on several occasions that she doesn’t consider herself a political writer. But Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, the second of The Story Prize finalists we’re looking at this month, stretches the definition just a bit. This collection, her third published work, offers a strong rendering of a particular place and time without […]

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Story Prize Finalist (2010) – Memory Wall

(One month ago today, Like Fire reported that “The Story Prize has announced its finalists for 2010, and as usual it’s a diverse trio …”) The epigraph of this Story Prize finalist is drawn from the beginning of My Last Sigh, the conversational “semiautobiography” of acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel: You have to begin to […]

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The Story Prize Finalists Announced

The Story Prize has announced its finalists for 2010, and as usual it’s a diverse trio: Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li Death Is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca Judges this year are bookseller Marie du Vaure, Granta Editor John Freeman, and author Jayne Anne Phillips. The Story […]

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