We are pleased to announce the 2017 judges

Author Susan Minot, writer and critic Walton Muyumba, and Library Journal Associate Editor Stephanie Sendaula.

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About the judges

Susan Minot is the author of the novels Monkeys, Folly, EveningRapture, and Thirty Girls, as well as collections of short stories, Lust & Other Stories, and of poems, Poems 4 AM. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, and her novel Evening was made into a film. She has been included in numerous anthologies, including The O Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories, and has written essays and travel stories for a wide variety of magazines and journals. She lives in New York City and presently teaches at Stony Brook University.

Walton Muyumba is a writer and critic.  He’s the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Oxford American, among other outlets. He’s an Associate Professor of American literature and Assistant Director of the MFA program in creative writing at Indiana University-Bloomington. 

Stephanie Sendaula is an Associate Editor at Library Journal. She received her M.L.I.S. from Drexel University, her B.A. from Temple University, and was previously a public librarian.


The Story Prize is a $20,000 book prize awarded to the author of the collection of short stories named best of the year by a distinguished jury. 


The Story Prize ― which recognizes the best story collection to be published each year ― has quickly established itself as a nifty jewel in a writer’s crown.


We are now accepting entries for books published from
July through December 2017.

Entries are due November 15. 


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