|Richard Bausch, author of The Stories of Richard Bausch (HarperCollins, Nov. 2003) among many others, and Nell Freudenberger, author of Lucky Girls (Ecco, Aug. 2003), have jointly won the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award which was established by the family of the late Bernard Malamud to honor excellence in the art of the short story. The announcement was made February 2nd; prize money of $5,000 will be split between them.
The award is administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and a panel of PEN/Faulkner directors, together with representatives of Mr. Malamud's literary executors, form the selection committee for the award.
Bausch, who has been called "a master of the short story" by The New York Times, is the author of nine novels and six collections of short stories. Freudenberger has had a much shorter career, making her debut with the title story "Lucky Girls" in the New Yorker's 2001 debut fiction issue which subsequently resulted in a six-figure deal that led to the publication of a collection of five stories under the same name, all set in Asia.