More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O’Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts.
Winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood.
Amina Lolita Gautier is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection At-Risk, which is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Gautier is the second African American writer to win this award in its thirty year history. Gautier is a writer, scholar, and professor, a winner of many awards and has published a record number of short stories.
“In these always engaging stories, Amina Gautier reminds us that behind the disturbing headlines are vibrant young people whose lives matter immeasurably. Gautier employs unflinching honesty to capture those lives, and she does so with clarity, dignity and genuine insight. At-Risk will break your heart even as it leaves you full of hope. It is a truly lovely book.”—David Haynes, author of The Full Matilda
Hugh Sheehy’s story colelction The Invisibles won the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and will appear from the University of Georgia Press in fall 2012. His stories have appeared in such magazines as Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, The New Orleans Review, and the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2008. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Yeshiva College.
“Eerie tales extraordinarily narrated,” Series editor Nancy Zafris
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.