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Canadians Alexander MacLeod, Souvankham Thammavongsa & John Keeble win O. Henry Prize

Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the O. Henry Prize recognizes the year's best short stories and collects them in an anthology.
(From left): Alexander MacLeod, Souvankham Thammavongsa and John Keeble are among the 2019 O. Henry Prize winners. (Heather Crosby, Jennifer Rowsom, keeblefiction.com)

Canadian writers Alexander MacLeod, Souvankham Thammavongsa and John Keeble are among the 20 winners of the 2019 O. Henry Prize.

Now in its 100th year, the O. Henry Prize annually selects the year's 20 best short stories and collects them in an anthology. This year's book is edited by New York writer Laura Furman, and will be available in fall 2019.

Stories written in English and published in Canadian or American magazines are eligible.

MacLeod has won for Lagomorph, published in Granta. The Halifax writer is also the author of the collection Light Liftingwhich was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and is a faculty member at Saint Mary's University.

Thammavongsa is among the winners for Slingshot, published by Harper's Magazine. The award-winning Toronto writer recently published her third poetry collection, Cluster.

Keeble, who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, has won for Synchronicity, published by Harper's Magazine. He's published several books, most recently the novel The Shadows of Owls in 2013. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Saskatchewan and California, Keeble now lives on a small farm in Washington.

Other 2019 recipients include Tessa Hadley, Patricia Engel and John Edgar Wideman. Visit Lithub for the full list of O. Henry Prize winners.

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