This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
Okay, okay. Not really true. But it does happen that a few short story-related writing awards with suprisingly large purses have been handed out this week. First off, Ann Beattie won the annual Rea Award, and its 30,000 purse, given for “significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form.” And Californian Yiyun Li was awarded the $60,000 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for her collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.