The Story Prize Judges
The Story Prize, now in its 12th year, is pleased to announce its judges for 2015: Author Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and The Story Prize; Brooklyn librarian Rita Meade; and New Yorker staff writer and critic Kathryn Schulz. Since its inception, The Story Prize has included judges from a variety of fields associated with short fiction. Past participants have included writers, editors, booksellers, librarians, critics, journalists, and academics.
Larry Dark, Director of The Story Prize, and Julie Lindsey, Founder, will select three story collections as finalists from among some 100-plus entries. Judges Doerr, Meade, and Schulz will read those three books and decide the winner of the $20,000 top prize — the most of any annual U.S. book award for fiction. We will announce the three finalists in January, along with the fourth ever winner of The Story Prize Spotlight Award, who will receive $1,000. At the end of an evening of readings by and interviews with the finalists on March 2, 2016, at The New School in New York City, we will announce the winning book and author.
About the Judges
Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize—winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall (winner of The Story Prize) and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
Rita Meade is a public library manager who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Contributing Editor and Dear Book Nerd podcast host for Book Riot, reviews children's books for School Library Journal, and is the author of a forthcoming picture book called Edward Gets Messy from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Rita also occasionally blogs about library-related topics, and even less occasionally sings in a librarian band.
Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the former book critic for New York Magazine and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle's Nona Balakian Prize and a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan, and, most recently, the Middle East.
About The Story Prize
The Story Prize was established in 2004 and has been supported by The Chisholm Foundation since its inception. It is the first and only annual U.S. book award for short story collections. The winner receives $20,000 and each finalist $5,000. This year's winner will be the 12th. The eleven past winners have been Edwidge Danticat, Patrick O'Keeffe, Mary Gordon, Jim Shepard, Tobias Wolff, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Anthony Doerr, Steven Millhauser, Claire Vaye Watkins, George Saunders, and, most recently, Elizabeth McCracken.
The final deadline for submitting 2015 books is November 15, 2015.
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