Very proud that three of this year’s O. Henry Prizes went to stories published in Epoch, where I help out as an assistant editor.
Not that anyone is counting, but three is also how many stories The New Yorker got into this year’s O. Henry list. We don’t exactly have the staff that they do, but we make out alright.
The awards went to Lily Tuck for “Perou,” George McCormick for “The Mexican,” and Joan Silber for “Two Opinions.” Each of these stories is great, but “Two Opinions” holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the very first submissions I read at Epoch, I think on my first or second day at work. It’s a long piece full of subtle humor and artful, unaffected prose. One of those stories that reads great the first time and better the second.
Check out the full list of 2013 O. Henry winners here.