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2017 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 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 2017, 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: 

• The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcón

• Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

• Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Daniel Alarcón is the author of The King Is Always Above the People, the novels At Night We Walk in Circles and Lost City Radio, as well as the story collection War by Candlelight and the graphic novel City of Clowns. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, n+1, and Harper's, and he was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction writers. He is Executive Producer of “Radio Ambulante,” distributed by NPR, and is an assistant professor of broadcast journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.

Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of the story collection Homesick for Another World. Her novel Eileen won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of Anything Is Possible and of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge, as well as the novels My Name Is Lucy Barton, The Burgess Boys, Abide with Me, and Amy and Isabelle, which won The Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. Anything Is Possible was named one of the best books of the year by the The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Her short stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

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

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Writing and Literature


Schools of Public Engagement, Creative Writing Program






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