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Dan Chaon, Claire Vaye Watkins & Junot Diaz Nominated for 2013 Story Prize

Three short story writers, Dan Chaon, Claire Vaye Watkins and Junot Diaz, have been named finalists for the 2013 Story Prize. The winner will be revealed at The New School’s awards ceremony on March 13th. Whoever emerges victorious will receive $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

Here’s more from the release: “Collections by two accomplished short story writers and an outstanding debut vie for the richest top prize of any annual U.S. book award for fiction…The Story Prize, an annual award for books of short fiction, is pleased to honor three outstanding short story collections chosen from among a record field of 98 books that 65 different publishers or imprints submitted in 2012.”

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Steven Millhauser Wins $20,000 Story Prize

Author Steven Millhauser has won the $20,000 Story Prize for his short story collection, We Others. The two runners-up, Don DeLillo and Edith Pearlman, were given $5,000 apiece.

Story Prize director Larry Dark had a conversation with the three finalists at the ceremony last night. Dark and Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey chose the finalists, drawing from a pool of among 92 books from 60 different publishers and imprints.

Here’s more from the release: “Millhauser is renowned for both his short stories and novels. He is the author of four previous story collections and seven novels, including Edwin Mullhouse and Martin Dressler: The Life and Times of an American Dreamer, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and his story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist.” (Photo via Michael Lionstar)

Anthony Doerr, Yiyun Li & Suzanne Rivecca Named Story Prize Finalists

Today the three finalists for the annual Story Prize were revealed: Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li (Random House), and Death Is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca (W. W. Norton).

Story Prize director Larry Dark assembled the announcement video embedded above using the video creation tools at xtranormal. In an email, Dark hinted that this dashing computer animation with a British accent could return in the future.

Here’s more about the prize, from the video: “Congratulations to the authors of these outstanding short story collections. Please join us at the New School on March 2 for our award event. We hope to see you there. For more information go to www.thestoryprize.org. And remember: Keep It Short.”

Daniyal Mueenuddin Wins the $20,000 Story Prize

storyprizewinner.jpgLast night Pakistani-American debut author Daniyal Mueenuddin won the $20,000 Story Prize for his collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. Finalists Victoria Patterson (Drift) and Wells Tower (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned) will each receive $5,000.

The authors were chosen from among 78 submissions from publishers. GalleyCat was there at the event as the finalists read from their work and Story Prize director Larry Dark interviewed them individually.

In his interview, Mueenuddin (pictured, via) talked about growing up on his family farm in Pakistan (which he now manages). “I was brought up by servants,” he said, but stressed that his experiences on the farm were crucial for his writing. “One of the problems for writers is that they live as writers,” he concluded. “That does not provide very much material.”

Mary Gordon Wins Story Prize 2006

Where there are literary awards, there is the Tishman Auditorium at the New School. And while the place wasn’t filled to full capacity, an enthusiastic crowd showed up for yesterday’s awards night, giving equal weight to bestowing its goblet prize and $20,000 cheque to winner Mary Gordon (for THE STORIES OF MARY GORDON) as to celebrating the short story. “It’s such an honor to accept an award for the short story, which is becoming somewhat of an endangered species,” Gordon said to open her acceptance speech, mentioning how many fine writers known for their story skills – like John Cheever, Katherine Ann Porter and Flannery O’Connor – all turned to novels because they were deemed to be the “real thing.”

But the readings by each of the three finalists and subsequent Q&As with Story Prize co-founder Larry Dark demonstrated the story’s ability to be real to the point of naturalistic (in the case of Rick Bass, reading “Her First Elk” from his collection THE LIVES OF ROCKS) or comically absurd (demonstrated with continued hilarity by Gordon’s “My Podiatrist Tells Me A Story About a Boy and a Dog” and George Saunders‘ speculative tale of a verbally idiosyncratic teen named “Jon”.) The biggest laugh came when Saunders admitted, upon Dark’s probing, that he does indeed laugh at his own writing, “but I never like to admit it because it’s absurd. Here’s this balding, middle-aged man reading something he likes and ‘oh isn’t this funny!’. It’s ridiculous.” What wasn’t ridiculous was how close the vote was; we understand judges Edwidge Danticat, Mitchell Kaplan and Ron Hogan had their work cut out for them, trying to decide between three excellent yet radically different collections—at least they only had three to deal with, after they’d been culled from a shortlist of 65 story collections that, in Dark’s words, were extremely difficult to pare down. “I actually had to stop reading short stories about two months before Larry gave us the finalists,” Ron said about his approach to the judging process, “because there was so many great collections coming out that I couldn’t think of any other way I’d be able to look at the actual nominees with a fresh set of eyes, not comparing them to everybody else. Since I’ve already read these three books, the first thing I’m going to do this weekend is finally crack open All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones, and then I’ve got at least six others lined up after that…”