I missed it earlier this week, but the finalists for The Story Prize were announced (see here for the official announcement).
- Archangel, by Andrea Barrett
- Bobcat, by Rebecca Lee
- Tenth of December, by George Saunders
My vote goes to Archangel, by Andrea Barrett. Though I should admit I have not read the entirety of any of these collections (and not a word of Bobcat), so I’m speaking from my biases there. I’m a big fan of Andrea Barrett’s work.
This year, The Story Prize also gave out The Story Prize Spotlight Award to Byzantium, by Ben Stroud. This award for $1,000 goes to “a short story collection worthy of additional attention.”