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2016 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

The three finalists for The Story Prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2016, will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award. The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

This year's finalists are:

For a Little While by Rick Bass 

Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes

They Were Like Family to Me by Helen Shankman

Rick Bass is the author of For a Little While, which features seven new stories and eighteen stories selected from previous collections. He grew up in Houston, worked as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi, and lives with his family in the remote Yaak Valley of Montana. He has received several O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors, along with having several stories included in The Best American Short Stories. His stories, articles, and essays have appeared in the Paris Review, The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Tin House, Zoetrope, and numerous other periodicals. He was also a finalist in 2007 for a previous story collection, The Lives of Rocks.

Anna Noyes is the author of the debut story collection Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, Guernica, and other publications. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, the James Merrill House Fellowship, and the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. Goodnight, Beautiful Women was awarded the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Lotos Foundation Prize. It is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, an Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature and Fiction), and an Indie Next Great Reads pick. Noyes was raised in Downeast Maine.

Helen Maryles Shankman is the author of They Were Like Family to Me (published in hardcover as In the Land of Armadillos) and a novel, The Color of Light. Her stories have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Gargoyle, Cream City Review, 2 Bridges Review, and other publications. She is also a classically trained artist and divides her creative time between writing and painting. She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and four children.

About the Judges

Harold Augenbraum, former Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author.

Daniel Goldin, Milwaukee bookseller.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and The Story Prize.


Event Type

Author Readings and Discussions, Admission Info Session/Open House


General Public


Writing and Literature


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Writing





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Pam Tillis - NSPE

Getting Here

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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