PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009

Publisher: Anchor
A collection of the twenty best contemporary short stories selected by series editor Laura Furman from hundreds of literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 features unforgettable tales in settings as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a luxurious seaside development in Cape Town, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City. Also included are essays from the eminent jurors on their favorite stories, observations from the winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

READ AN EXCERPT

Introduction

NINETY YEARS ago, The O. Henry Prize Stories was created by William Sidney Porter’s friends and colleagues to honor him and the form in which he wrote.

Since 1919 there have been a few years without the publication of an O. Henry Prize Stories collection, but still, in an industry where...
Read More

PRAISE FOR

“The 90th anniversary edition of this prestigious collection is a must-read for both aspiring writers and devoted short story readers.... This year’s prize winners reflect the increasingly robust, diverse, and international flavor or the genre in general.” —Booklist

“Widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious awards for short fiction.”
The Atlantic Monthly

“The annual O. Henry Prize Stories provide a barometer of contemporary emotional and political concerns.... Stories that refract our present world.”
Los Angeles Times