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We're pleased to announce that Lauren Groff's Florida (Riverhead Books) is the winner of The Story Prize for books published in 2018. The other finalists this year were authors Jamel Brinkley for A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press) and Deborah Eisenberg for Your Duck Is My Duck (Ecco). At the event at The New School, all three finalists read from and discussed their work on-stage. Groff received $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. As runners-up, Brinkley and Eisenberg each received $5,000.

Congratulations to Lauren Groff and Riverhead Books!



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This is the 15th year of The Story Prize, which was established in 2004. An anthology of stories by the fourteen past winners, The Story Prize: 15 Years of Great Short Fiction, published by Catapult Books, is available wherever books are sold.


About The Story Prize

The winner of The Story Prize receives $20,000 and each finalist $5,000. The 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, Elizabeth McCracken, Adam Johnson, Rick Bass, Elizabeth Strout, and, most recently, Lauren Groff.

The deadlines for submitting 2019 books are July 15 for books published in the first half of the year and Nov. 15 for books published in the second half.


The Story Prize is a $20,000 book prize awarded to the author of the collection of short stories named best of the year by a distinguished jury. 


The Story Prize ― which recognizes the best story collection to be published each year ― has quickly established itself as a nifty jewel in a writer’s crown.


The Story Prize partners

Co-sponsor of The Story Prize Event

Co-sponsor of The Story Prize Event

The official bookstore of The Story Prize

The official bookstore of The Story Prize

The Story Prize is a Literary Hub partner

The Story Prize is a Literary Hub partner

Publisher of The Story Prize anthology

Publisher of The Story Prize anthology