Pen O. Henry

Posted: May 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: authors, prizes, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce – the very cool guy who first reviewed Among Thieves – and came to the book launch in Coventry, was awarded the Pen/O. Henry prize for short fiction earlier this month.

Featuring stories selected from thousands published in literary magazines, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City; the dizzying range of characters include a Russian mail-order bride in Finland, a rebellious Dominican girl in New Jersey, and a hallucinating British Gulf War veteran. The stories are accompanied by essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the twenty winners on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

Graham’s story – An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen – was first published in the Paris Review – and two of this year’s three judges (A. S. Byatt and Tim O’Brien) chose it as their favourite. A.S. Byatt said:

The thing I admire most about this tale is the pace, the rhythm, the economy of incident and the accuracy of the words. Each sentence adds something to the world being described. It looks simple and easy, and is in fact controlled and crafted.

Congratulations Graham:)