Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

More than seventy short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O’Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre.

Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts. Submissions are open from April 1 to May 31 each year. Winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood.



Lori Ostlund’s story collection, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and was a Lambda Finalist. Her work has appeared in the 2010 Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories as well as in ZYZZYVA, the Kenyon Review, New England Review, and the Georgia Review, among other journals. Her second book, After the Parade, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a 2017 Joyce Carol Oates Prize finalist. She has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years—in New Mexico, Spain, Malaysia, and North Carolina—and is currently on the Mile-High MFA faculty at Regis University in Denver. She lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on more stories and novels.

A Statement & Some Practical Advice from Series Editor Lori Ostlund

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