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Story Prize

The Story Prize is an annual book award established in 2004 that honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Each of two runners-up receives $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English and first published in the United States during a calendar year. The founder of the prize is Julie Lindsey, and the director is Larry Dark. He was previously series editor for the annual short story anthology Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards from 1997-2002.

Publishers, editors, or agents may enter a short story collection written in English by a living author and published in the U.S. during a calendar year. Three finalists are announced in January. These authors participate in an award event at the New School in New York City in late February or early March at which they read from their work and have an on-stage discussion with Dark. At the end of the event, Julie Lindsey announces the winner, who, in addition to the prize money, receives an engraved silver bowl.

Finalists and winners

= winner.

The winner for books published in 2012 was announced at The New School University in New York City on March 13, 2013.

The winner for 2011 was announced at an event at The New School University in New York City on March 21, 2012.

The winner for 2010 was announced at an event at The New School University in New York City on March 2, 2011.[1]

  • Anthony Doerr, Memory Wall
  • Yiyun Li, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
  • Suzanne Rivecca, Death Is Not an Option

The winner for 2009 was announced at an event at The New School University in New York City on March 3, 2010.[2]






  • The Dew Breaker
  • Cathy Day, The Circus in Winter
  • Joan Silber, Ideas of Heaven

The Story Prize Spotlight Award

A new award established in 2013 to honor an additional collection worthy of attention.


  • Krys Lee, Drifting House


External links

  • The Story Prize web site
  • TSP: The Official Blog of The Story Prize
  • Webcast of 2008 event
  • Webcast of 2009 event
  • Webcast of 2010 event
  • Webcast of 2011 event
  • Webcast of 2012 event
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