The Iowa Award by Frank Conroy
The Best Stories, 1991-2000

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According to the New York Times Book Review, the Iowa Short Fiction Award is among the most prestigious literary prizes America offers, and the Chicago Tribune has called the honor a respected prize that annually introduces readers to a writer whose work is little known outside the circle of literary magazine and university publications. In 1991, to both celebrate the stories discovered by the Iowa Short Fiction Award and its companion, the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and to further acquaint readers with the prize-winning authors, Frank Conroy compiled The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from Twenty Years. He follows that now with The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991-2000, a collection of twenty-one winning selections.

Whether hurtling toward Earth in a disabled airplane, sharing silence with a prostitute, fantasizing about the Manson family, or hiding disgust for a dying friend, the characters in this new collection engage and captivate readers. The authors from 1991 winners Elizabeth Harris and Sondra Spatt Olsen to newcomers John McNally and Elizabeth Oness explore the nuances of love, lust, youth, old age, illness, nostalgia, obsession, idiosyncrasy, and surprise.

Their work judged by such accomplished writers as Ethan Canin, Francine Prose, Ann Beattie, and Stuart Dybek and the selections Conroy has chosen to share exemplify remarkable writing. Moreover, each writer achieves the expectations of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, established in 1969 to provide a forum for the publication of a uniquely American literary form.

IOWA SHORT FICTION AWARD WINNERS, 1991-2000

David Borofka Mark Brazaitis Kathryn Chetkovich Tereze Glück Ann Harleman Elizabeth Harris Jim Henry Lisa Lenzo John McNally Renée Manfredi Susan Onthank Mates Rod Val Moore Thisbe Nissen Sondra Spatt Olsen Elizabeth Oness Nancy Reisman Elizabeth Searle Enid Shomer Lex Williford Charles Wyatt Don Zancanella

 

About Frank Conroy

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FRANK CONROY is the director of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by University Of Iowa Press. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the introduction to these 21 stories, Conroy, head of the Iowa Writers Workshop, states that the collection is "proof that serious writers exist, that they work to very high standards...

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The Iowa Short Fiction Award, established in 1969, entails publication of the winner's first collection of stories.

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The story has a singularly haunting quality, an eeriness, the kind of mystery present in Charles Baxter's stories, and it comes to an unexpectedly violent, uncompromising conclusion.

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