Yiyun Li’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’ Among Finalists for $20,000 Prize Honoring Short Stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Short fiction by Yiyun Li, Bennett Sims and Paul Yoon are finalists for the 20th annual Story Prize, awarded for the year’s outstanding short story collection.

Awards officials announced Tuesday that the nominees are Li’s “Wednesday’s Child,” Sims’ “Other Minds and Other Stories” and Yoon’s “The Hive and the Honey.” The Story Prize was founded in 2004 by editor Larry Dark and philanthropist Julie Lindsey, who chose the finalists. Three external jury members then choose the winners. The top prize is $20,000 and the runners-up will each receive $5,000.

“Even after reading more than 20,000 short story collections in the twenty years that this prize has existed, we still come across short story collections that we have never read before. These three books expand the form and offer profound observations about the human condition,” Dark said in a statement.

The winner will be announced on March 26. Previous winners include Anthony Doerr, George Saunders and Edwidge Danticat.

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