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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 Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just 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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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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