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The winner of this year’s Story Prize is Brandon Taylor’s Filthy Animals.

Emily Firetog

April 13, 2022, 9:11pm

Tonight, The Story Prize announced that the 2021 winner is Brandon Taylor for Filthy Animals. The Story Prize’s $20,000 top prize is among the largest first-prize amounts of any annual U.S. book award for fiction. Now in it’s 18th year, The Story Prize annually honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction.

The judges cited Filthy Animals for “the power, precision, and emotional acuity of its writing.”

Taylor, who was just named a 2022-2023 Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, is having a really good week! Congratulations, Brandon!

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