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Launched in 2000, the Best New American Voices series culls stories from more than a hundred writing programs across the US and Canada in an effort to catch the best writers on the cusp of their careers. This year's guest editor, Francine Prose, author of many books, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and the 1998 short story collection The Peaceable Kingdom, selected 17 stories for inclusion in Best New American Voices 2005.







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Houghton Mifflin's popular annual anthology of short stories, The Best American Short Stories, was guest edited by Lorrie Moore for the 2004 edition. Some 120 stories were considered by Moore, after series editor Katrina Kenison whittled down from almost 3,000. Moore told USA Today, "I had virtually no 'No' pile. I had a 'Yes' and an unhelpfully towering 'Probably.'" All in all, Moore selected some 20 stories, a majority of which were first published in The New Yorker. Expect familiar names: Sherman Alexie, Stuart Dybek, Nell Freudenberger, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, John Updike, and John Edgar Wideman, among others.

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005 released in January from Anchor Books and is dedicated in honor of Anton Checkov. Novelist and short story writer Laura Furman took over from Larry Dark as editor two years ago, but the fresh crop of jurors this year were writers Cristina Garcia, Anne Patchett, and Richard Russo. Resulting are 20 stories, admittably "preoccupied with notions of community," selected from more than a thousand stories, featuring writers such as Sherman Alexie, Kevin Brockmeier, Nell Freudenberger, Tessa Hadley, Edward P. Jones, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.


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The 2005 edition of New Stories from the South released in June by Algonquin Books also happens to be the 20th edition with 19 stories and a notable introduction by Jill McCorkle that has received much praise from the press. Readers will find expected Southern writers Robert Olen Butler, Allan Gurganus, and Dennis Lehane, as well as new voices Stephanie Soileau, Rebecca Soppe, and others. Authors' notes, an updated list of magazines consulted, and a list of all the stories selected each year since the series' inception in 1986 is also included.


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The Pushcart Prize XXIX: Best of the Small Presses, 2005: This series has been named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and hailed as "influential in the development of the American book business" by Publishers Weekly.

For the 2005 edition, released in November 2004, new and celebrated authors were picked with the help of over 200 contributing editors.








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Other Short Story Anthologies of Interest (not published annually):

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, by Ben Marcus (Editor), 2004
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The Best American Short Stories of the Century, by John Updike (Editor), Katrina Kenison, 2000
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The Granta Book of the American Short Story, by Richard Ford (Editor), 1998
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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates (Editor), 1992
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The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories, by Malcolm Bradbury (Editor), 1988
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