The winner will be announced at The Story Prize's annual award event at the New School's Auditorium

66 West 12th Street in New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., March 6. 

The Story Prize, now in its 15th year, is pleased to honor as its finalists three outstanding short story collections chosen from 108 submissions representing 79 different publishers or imprints. They are:

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf Press)
Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg (Ecco)
Florida by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley explores complex family bonds and the inescapable consequences of choices made and avoided. The incisive stories in Deborah Eisenberg's Your Duck Is My Duck capture both the gravity and the absurdity of our current predicament. Florida by Lauren Groff uses the Sunshine State as a point of departure, shining a light on the menaces her characters perceive to be lurking in the shadows.

At the March 6 event, which is co-sponsored by Graduate Creative Writing Program at The New School, finalists Brinkley, Eisenberg, and Groff will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark. After which, the founder of the prize, Julie Lindsey, will announce the winner and present that author with $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. The two runners-up will each receive $5,000.


Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the John Leonard Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.


Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published five collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, Twilight of the Superheroes, and Your Duck Is My Duck. Her first two story collections were republished in one volume as The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg. All four volumes were reprinted in 2010 in The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University.

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, as well as the celebrated short story collections Florida and Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.


Three independent judges will determine the winner of The Story Prize:

Author Jo Ann Beard.

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles.

Bookseller Veronica Santiago Liu.

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, and, most recently, Elizabeth Strout.

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.

We’re pleased to announce the seventh winner of The Story Prize Spotlight Award,
Akil Kumarasamy’s Half Gods, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


In addition to naming three finalists each January, we also award The Story Prize Spotlight Award to a short story collection of exceptional merit. Winners of The Story Prize Spotlight Award can be promising works by first-time authors, collections in alternative formats, or works that demonstrate an unusual perspective on the writer's craft. The winner receives a prize of $1,000.


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, will be published by Catapult Books in March 2019.


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.

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