Stations West named as finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

Exciting news! One Story author Allison Amend’s (Issue #13, “Stations West”) debut novel Stations West (Louisiana State University Press), which Time Out Chicago says casts “a keen eye for the eccentricities of ethnicity, particularly at a time when lines were so clearly drawn, and so quickly crossed…” has been named a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize in fiction for Jewish Literature. The prize, given to writers of “exceptional talent and promise in early career,” awards $100,000 to its top winner, with a $25,000 Choice Award given to its first runner-up. This year’s award ceremony will be held in New York City on May 31.

For more information on Allison and Stations West, check out her author website. And keep your fingers crossed. We know we will!

Louis Auchincloss Prize: Pete Hamill

In recognition of Louis Auchincloss’ literary legacy and his passing this January, the Museum of the City of New York is awarding Pete Hamill the Auchincloss Prize. Hamill’s work shows not only a strong connection to New York, but a wide array of mediums, styles and content. The event will take place Monday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Now here’s the kicker! Mention One Story and get a five dollar discount! Space is limited so RSVP to ASAP. Hope to see you there for this unique event!

On the Shortlist

We’re proud to announce that the following issues of One Story made the top “Notable” stories shortlists for the following anthologies:

Best American Short Stories 2010

Carrie Brown, “A Splendid Life,” One Story Issue #116.
Jennifer Haigh, “Desiderata,” One Story Issue #125
Joe Meno, “Children Are The Only Ones Who Blush,” One Story Issue #122
Seth Fried, “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,” One Story Issue #124

Best American Non-Required Reading 2010

Adin Bookbinder, “Meteorology,” One Story issue #117
James Hannaham, “Interupted Serenade,” One Story issue #121
Sheila Schwartz, “Finding Peace,” One Story issue #127

Kevin Wilson Wins the Shirley Jackson Award!

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

Congratulations to One Story writer Kevin Wilson (“Worst-Case Scenario”, issue #42) for winning the Shirley Jackson Single-Author Collection Award for his short story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Harper Perennial)!

The Shirley Jackson Award honors authors who have a knack for “psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic,” according to the award’s webpage. Despite Wilson’s conviction, “I’m not going to win,” his collection of short stories Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, which features “Worst-Case Scenario”,  is more than deserving of this prize.

It is perhaps Wilson’s simultaneous humility and confidence as a writer that allow him to explore the complexity of his characters’ understanding of themselves and their relationships with one another. Stay tuned for a more detailed upcoming post about Wilson’s award-winning short stories.

OS Authors Shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award!

The shortlist for the 2010 Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award is out, and 2 of our beloved authors are on it! Both Robin Black (issue #104, “Harriet Elliot”) and Laura van den Berg (issue #102, “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us”) are now in the running for the  €35,000 prize, the world’s richest award for the form. It’s given to what is judged to be the best original collection of stories published in English in the 12 months preceding its award in September. Unlike past years’ shortlists, which consisted of more authors from the UK and Ireland, five of the six places on this year’s short list have been taken by American authors. Another unusual feature is that as many as three of the books have been published by small presses. (Go Dzanc! Go Graywolf!) All of the shortlistees have agreed to go to Cork next September to attend the awards ceremony and to read from their books at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival.

Let’s give it up for Robin and Laura, and cross our fingers for them. We wish you the best, ladies!

Thank you, NEA!

One Story is a non-profit, 501-(c)(3)  organization, and a good deal of our time is spent applying for grants, in order to continue publishing this extraordinary magazine. This year, we were lucky enough to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. With the support we received, we were able to create our very first direct mail marketing campaign, which has had a wonderful response, and given us many more subscribers. It also allowed us to spotlight our debut authors, with our “introducing new writers” program. For each debut author–someone who has published their first fiction with us–we have mailed their issue in a special envelope and also hosted a reading or event in their hometown to help launch their writing careers. To hear an interview with me and NEA’s Adam Kampe about One Story, you can visit NEA’s website.  And if you’d like to join the NEA in supporting One Story, you can go to our donation page, or consider becoming a sponsor for our 2010 benefit on May 21st. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support, from our subscribers and benefactors to organizations like the NEA, who value the work we do, supporting emerging writers and keeping the short story alive and well. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Story Prize Announces 2009 Finalists

The Story Prize — in its sixth year of honoring short story collections — just announced its 2009 finalists for the annual book award for short fiction. All three finalists are debut collections.

The finalists (drum roll, please):

In other Rooms, Other  Wonders

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

These eight connected stories set in southern Pakistan bring to life the world of an aging feudal landlord, his Western educated daughters, desperate and conniving servants, farm workers, corrupt judges, politicians, aristocrats, and foreigners. The author is a graduate from Yale Law School — this is definitely a book I need to read!

DriftDrift by Victoria Patterson

The wealthy enclave of Newport Beach, California, is the setting for thirteen stories, told with grace and compassion, that focus on characters who live on the margins, including waiters, waitresses, confused children of divorce, and a beautiful, brain-damaged skateboarder.

Everything Ravaged, Everything BurnedEverything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Ambivalence, wrong-thinking, and confusion are the engines that drive these nine insightful, witty stories that culminate in a tale about marauding Vikings who turn out to be just like the misguided, contemporary American characters in the book. I have read Wells’ collection, and I adore his stories.

You can read more about the Story Prize and previous winners here. Winners will be announced on March 3.

The Largest Annual Short Story Prize in the World Open to Authors Published in the UK or Ireland

sunday times efg private bank short story award

The Sunday Times in London announces the largest annual prize for a short story in the world: The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Authors must have been previously published in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The winner will receive £25,000, and there are prizes of £500 for each of the five runners up.

Writers published in the UK or Ireland must submit seven copies of one short story with a maximum length of 7,000 words. Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced; the word count should be detailed on the entry. A list of most recently published work including the publisher, date of publication, and the ISBN or ISSN must be included.

The deadline for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award is November 30, 2009. The winner will be announced at a special event at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in March 2010. Click here to enter, and good luck!

Lydia Peelle named one of the 5 under 35!


Congratulations are in order for One Story author Lydia Peelle (issue #87, “Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing”), who has been selected as one of the Top 5 Authors Under 35 this year. Lydia was chosen by 2008 National Book Award fiction nominee Salvatore Scibona and was named alongside fellow short-story writer Karen Russell, and the novelists Ceridwen Dovey, C.E. Morgan, and Josh Weil. The honor is given out by the National Book Foundation and recognizes emerging talent in the fiction world. Its yearly celebration, to be held in Brooklyn on November 16th, kicks off National Book Awards week, which culminates in the announcement of the 2009 winners. More information on Lydia and the other honorees can be found here. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up Lydia’s book, which the NYTimes says has “a wildness under the surface … that calls to mind masters of the unsettling short story like Mary Gaitskill, or even Alice Munro.” Get it here or at your favorite local book store.