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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story “Glory” has won an O. Henry Prize. The O. Henry Prize is awarded to twenty of the year’s best stories. The chosen stories will be collected in an anthology edited by Laura Furman which will be published by Anchor in September.

Arimah’s “Glory” is published in Harper’s.

Here are all the winning stories.

  • “Too Good To Be True” by Michelle Huneven, Harper’s
  • “Something for a Young Woman” by Genevieve Plunkett, New England Review
  • “The Buddhist” by Alan Rossi, Granta
  • “Garments” by Tahmima Anam, Freeman’s
  • “Protection” by Paola Peroni, The Common
  • “Night Garden” by Shruti Swamy, Prairie Schooner
  • “A Cruelty” by Kevin Barry, Five Points
  • “Floating Garden” by Mary La Chapelle, Salamander
  • “The Trusted Traveler” by Joseph O’Neill, Harper’s
  • “Blue Dot” by Keith Eisner, Salamander
  • “Lion” by Wil Weitzel, Prairie Schooner
  • “Paddle to Canada” by Heather Monley, Zyzzyva
  • “A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness” by Jai Chakrabarti, A Public Space
  • “The Bride and the Street Party” by Kate Cayley, Prism
  • “Secret Lives of the Detainees” by Amit Majmudar, Kenyon Review
  • “Glory” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Harper’s
  • “Mercedes Benz” by Martha Cooley, A Public Space
  • “The Reason Is Because” by Manuel Muñoz, American Short Fiction
  • “The Family Whistle” by Gerard Woodward, Zoetrope
  • “Buttony” by Fiona McFarlane, The New Yorker

Arimah’s 2017 O. Henry Prize win continues her prominence on short story award shortlists in the past few years. She won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for “Light.” She was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for “What It Means When a Man Fall from the Sky.” And she is currently on the 2017 Caine Prize shortlist for “Who Will Greet You at Home?” which is published in The New Yorker.

Her debut collection of stories, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, hit bookstores in April. The book has been praised by NPR, The AtlanticStar Tribune and, most recently, The New York Times. It had been named one of 2017’s most anticipated books by everybody from Time Magazine to Buzzfeed, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the MillionsNylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Electric Literature. One of the stories in the collection, “Wild,” was named in our must-read pieces of April 2016.

Congratulations to Arimah! We wish her the best of luck.

 

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

2 Responses to “Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins a 2017 O. Henry Prize” Subscribe

  1. Aboy 2017/06/03 at 14:59 #

    Congrats! I enjoy her stories immensely.

  2. Lesleyfan 2017/06/04 at 14:51 #

    She deserves it! She better win the Caine prize this year too, or i’m fighting somebody.

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