The Iowa Award, given annually to a promising writer of short stories, assures the publication of the writer's first book of stories. Since it began in 1969, many now prominent writers gained their first recognition here, including Robert Boswell, Cyrus Colter, Dianne Benedict, and Dan O'Brien. Conroy, the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and noted writer of ``Midair'' and ``Stop Time,'' has selected one story from each of the award-winning collections. The book attests to the continuing vitality of the short story; highly recommended for most library collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Dakota Cty. Lib. System, Apple Valley, Minn.