The finalists were announced today for the tenth-annual Story Prize , an award given for a short story collection published in the previous year. The winner will receive $20,000.
The finalists are Archangel  by Andrea Barrett (W. W. Norton), Bobcat  by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books), and Tenth of December  by George Saunders (Random House). The collections were chosen by Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey and director Larry Dark from among ninety-six submitted books, published by sixty-four different presses in 2013. The finalists will each receive $5,000.
Lindsey and Dark also announced the winner of the second annual Story Prize Spotlight Award, a $1,000 prize given for a “short story collection worthy of additional attention.” The 2014 winner is Byzantium (Graywolf Press) by Ben Stroud.
This year's final judges—author Antonya Nelson; Tin House editor Rob Spillman; and Stephen Ennis, director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin—will select the 2014 Story Prize winner, who will be announced at the annual awards ceremony and reading  on March 5 in New York City.
More about this year’s finalists and Spotlight Award winner can be found on the Story Prize website and official blog . Claire Vaye Watkins won the 2013 award  for her debut collection, Battleborn.
Below, listen to finalist Rebecca Lee read an excerpt from her collection, Bobcat, as part of the Poets & Writers Author Podcast series.