The O. Henry Prize Stories for 2015

The Best Short Fiction of the Year

May 21, 2015  By Literary Hub

We are very happy to announce the O. Henry Prize Stories for 2015, which will appear in the eponymous anthology this September, from Anchor. Read selected stories, here.

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Percival Everett

Finding Billy White Feather, Virginia Quarterly Review

Lydia Davis

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The Seals, The Paris Review

Lionel Shriver

Kilifi Creek, The New Yorker

Manuel Muñoz

The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA, Glimmer Train

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Russell Banks

A Permanent Member of the Family, Conjunctions

Dina Nayeri

A Ride Out of Phrao, Alaska Quarterly Review 

Emily Ruskovich

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Owl, One Story

Becky Hagenston

The Upside-Down World, Subtropics

Lynn Freed

The Way Things Are Going, Harper’s

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Brenda Peynado

The History of Happiness, Cimarron Review

Naira Kuzmich

The Kingsley Drive Chorus, Salamander

Emma Torzs

Word of Mouth, The Three Penny Review

Christopher Merkner

Cabins, Subtropics

Molly Antopol

My Grandmother Tells Me This Story, Ecotone

Lynne Sharon Schwartz

The Golden Rule, Fifth Wednesday Journal

Joan Silber

About My Aunt, Tin House

Thomas Pierce

Ba Baboon, The New Yorker

Elizabeth Strout

Snow Blind, Virginia Quarterly Review

Vauhini Vara

I, Buffalo, Tin House

Elizabeth McCracken

Birdsong From the Radio, Zoetrope: All-Story


O. Henry Prize editor Laura Furman, on the process:

“Our jurors read the twenty O. Henry Prize Stories in a blind manuscript. Each story appears in the same type and format with no attribution of the magazine that published it or the author’s name. The jurors don’t consult the series editor or one another. Although the jurors write their essays without knowl­edge of the authors’ names, the names are inserted into the essay later for the sake of clarity.”

With prize jury selections by Tessa Hadley, Kristen Iskandrian, and Michael Parker.

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