By John Edgar Wideman

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize used to be tested in 1980 to motivate and aid the writing and studying of brief fiction. during the last two decades judges reminiscent of Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have chosen the simplest collections from the masses submitted each year by way of up-and-coming writers.

20 represents the simplest of the best—one tale from all of the prize-winning volumes. selected through acclaimed writer John Edgar Wideman, the decisions conceal a extensive diversity of creative and unique characters, settings, and feelings, charting the evolution of the fast tale during the last 20 years. essentially the most prestigious awards of its style, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize has helped release the careers of a ranking of formerly "undiscovered" writers, a lot of whom have long gone directly to nice severe success.

Past Winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize: David Bosworth, Robley Wilson, Jonathan Penner, Randall Silvis, W. D. Wetherell, Rick DeMarinis, Ellen Hunnicutt, Reginald McKnight, Maya Sonenberg, Rick Hillis, Elizabeth Graver, Jane McCafferty, Stewart O’Nan, Jennifer Cornell, Geoffrey Becker, Edith Pearlman, Katherine Vaz, Barbara Croft, Lucy Honig, Adria Bernardi.

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