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20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize
     

20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize

by John Edgar Wideman
 

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One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize was established in 1980 to encourage and support the reading and writing of short fiction. Over the past twenty years judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have selected the best

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One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize was established in 1980 to encourage and support the reading and writing of short fiction. Over the past twenty years judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have selected the best collections from the hundreds submitted annually by up-and-coming writers.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize has helped launch the careers of a score of previously "undiscovered" writers, many of whom have enjoyed great commercial success as well as critical acclaim, earning favorable reviews in publications such as the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Newsweek, and the Chicago Tribune.

20 is a culmination of twenty years of excellence in short fiction writing.  It celebrates the hopes, dreams, and individual successes of all the authors who participated in the contest through the past two decades. The Drue Heinz Literature Prize's mission supports and recognizes those writers brave enough to tackle the challenging genre of short fiction.  The stories contained in this volume stand as proof: mission accomplished.

Past winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize:

David Bosworth, selected by Robert Penn Warren; Robley Wilson, selected by Raymond Carver; Jonathan Penner, selected by Wright Morris; Randall Silvis, selected by Joyce Carol Oates; W. D. Wetherell, selected by Max Apple; Rick DeMarinis, selected by Alison Lurie; Ellen Hunnicutt, selected by Nadine Gordimer; Reginald McKnight, selected by Margaret Atwood; Maya Sonenberg, selected by Robert Coover; Rick Hillis, selected by Russell Banks; Elizabeth Graver, selected by Richard Ford; Jane McCafferty, selected by John Edgar Wideman; Stewart O'Nan, selected by Tobias Wolff; Jennifer Cornell, selected by Alice McDermott; Geoffrey Becker, selected by Charles Baxter; Edith Pearlman, selected by Rosellen Brown; Katherine Vaz, selected by George Garrett; Barbara Croft, selected by Bharati Mukherjee, Lucy Honig, selected by Charles Johnson; and Adria Bernardi, selected by Frank Conroy.

20 represents the best of the best-one story from each of the prize-winning volumes. Chosen by acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman, the selections cover a broad range of inventive and original characters, settings, and emotions, charting the evolution of the short story over the past two decades.

John Edgar Wideman grew up in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, the setting for several of his novels and stories. A former Rhodes scholar, his work has been widely praised for its vivid and lyrical language, and his reviews and critical articles have appeared in a number of publications. He is the author, most recently, of Hoop Dreams.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Wideman, the 1992 judge and editor of the volume, notes in his introduction that these shorts stories have changed his mind about the short story form; indeed, they may change the readers minds, as the book unfolds in the fluidity of the genre in its multifaceted representations. . . . The major appeal of this book is that the selections are so varied and so wide-ranging in content, structure, and theme.”

Choice

“One of the finest collections of contemporary short fiction around. . . . [These] stories have that uniqueness of voice which makes them not only excellent examples of the form but also a great pleasure to read.”

Pittsburgh City Paper

“Celebrating 20 years of debuts, 20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize . . . is worth celebrating itself.”

Orlando Sentinel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822941705
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.19(d)

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John Edgar Wideman
Here's a gift of twenty narratives from twenty writers, each author a Drue Heinz winner, each story part of a prizewinning collection. They provide confirmation in print that one tentative definition of being human might be: the storytelling animal. . . . If you read attentively, you'll probably find yourself here, but also there's the more intriguing possibility of losing yourself, entertained for a while by the play, the discipline, the weight and freedom of being other. — from the Introduction
Chuck Kinder
Rereading these 20 splendid stories was like having a reunion with dear old friends who have done very, very well in life. This is a powerful collection of vivid, varied, and important voices in American fiction. John Edgar Wideman did a wonderful editing job, a job that I for one don't envy, considering the consistently high quality of material he had to select from. I now have in my hands the short story anthology I intend to use in my writing courses until the cows come home.

Meet the Author

John Edgar Wideman is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Homewood Books, Brothers and Keepers, and God’s Gym. A former Rhodes scholar, his work has been widely praised for its vivid and lyrical language. He served as senior judge for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 1992.

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