Private: 2003 O’Henry Awards

The current issue of Poets and Writers also includes an article by Timothy Schaffert about Laura Furman’s selections for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003.

Schaffert takes note of Furman’s belief that commercial magazines, such as The New Yorker and Harper’s, “don’t publish enough fiction to properly represent the number of talented short story writers in this country.” He quotes Furman as saying, “‘it’s up to the small magazines. And I think that’s really in line with O. Henry’s mission: to read them and recognize them and thank them.'”

The 2003 picks include stories from established writers like Coraghessan Boyle, Tim O’ Brien, and Alice Munro, and from newer names like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and “two writers who received the prize for their first stories to ever be accepted for publication—Douglas Light (‘Three Days. A Month. More.’ first published in Alaska Quarterly Review) and Adam Desnoyers (‘Bleed Blue in Indonesia,’ Idaho Review).”

You can read “Three Days. A Month. More.” online. And get ready to hear Light’s name more often. I happen to know he recently graduated from the City College of New York with a completed novel manuscript that’s sure to be snapped up any day now, if it hasn’t been already. He’s also the Managing Editor at Ep;phany magazine.