March 1, 2018
Elizabeth Strout has won The Story Prize for ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (Random House), receiving a $20,000 award and an engraved silver bowl at the 14th annual Story Prize event, which took place on Wednesday, February 28, at The New School in Manhattan. The Story Prize judges offered high praise for Strout and her latest collection of short stories: “The intelligent prose is seemingly humble but elegant in its subtlety and enchanting in its overall effect. The blade of her wit is so sharp, you barely feel it until after the slice. Strout is a specialist in the reticence of people, and her characters are compelling because of the complexity of their internal lives, and the clarity with which that complexity is depicted. It is a sublime pleasure to read her work.”
The Story Prize runners-up – Daniel Alarcón
for THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE
) and Ottessa Moshfegh
for HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD
) – were also honored and each received $5,000.
Three independent Story Prize judges – Knopf/Vintage author and poet Susan Minot, critic and author Walton Muyumba, and Library Journal Associate Editor Stephanie Sendaula – selected the three finalists from among 120 submissions representing 93 different publishers or imprints, and then determined the winner.
Warm congratulations to Ms. Strout, her editor and publisher.
January 16, 2018
The three finalists for the 2017 Story Prize, which annually honors authors of outstanding short story collections published in the prior year, are all published by Penguin Random House imprints:
THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE
by Daniel Alarcón
HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD
by Ottessa Moshfegh
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
by Elizabeth Strout
The Story Prize, now in its 14th year, announced that these finalists were chosen from 120 submissions representing 93 different publishers or imprints. Three independent judges – Knopf/Vintage author and poet Susan Minot, critic and author Walton Muyumba, and Library Journal
Associate Editor Stephanie Sendaula – will determine the winner, to be revealed at the Story Prize’s annual award event, co-sponsored by the Graduate Creative Writing Program, at The New School in Manhattan on February 28. The finalists will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, director of The Story Prize. Then Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey will present the 2017 winner with a check for $20,000. The two runners-up will each receive $5,000.