Lily King, J. Robert Lennon and Brandon Taylor are finalists for this year’s Story Prize, which is awarded each year to a collection of short stories published in the US.
King, who won the inaugural Kirkus Prize for Fiction with Euphoriamade the shortlist for Five Tuesdays in the winter, her first collection of short stories. In a one-star review, a critic of Kirkus called the book “full of insights and pleasures.”
Taylor made the shortlist for dirty animals, his first collection, which is also longlisted for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize. A Kirkus critic gave Taylor’s collection a one-star review, writing, “Taylor tackles a variety of taboos and articulates the bleak sides of the soul, and it’s thrilling to watch.”
Prize director Larry Dark said, “Their skillful, bold and distinctive storytelling set these three books apart from the deepest pool of quality story collections we’ve ever read.”
The Story Prize was established in 2004. Past winners have included Edwidge Danticat for The dewbreaker and Everything insideElizabeth McCracken for struck by thunderand Deesha Philyaw for The Secret Life of Church Ladies†
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on April 13.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.