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The 2013 Algren Awards, and a celebration of short storiesIn the midst of our Jan. 23 Algren Awards celebration of short story writing, we noticed Frank Tempone's tweets. Here they are, with other Algren mentions. (By the way, the deadline for 2013 Algren Award submissions is Friday, Feb. 1. Submit here: https://algren2013.submittable.com/submit.)
Storified by James Janega· Mon, Jan 28 2013 10:31:34
Some of the mentions were on Facebook, before the short story party in the Tribune Tower. But it's nice past winners still remember the feeling:Back in 1986 (when I was what? 11 years old!), I won a thing called the Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune. Now the Tribune has run a nice retrospective on the thirty winners of the award. The list includes folks like Louise Erdrich, Stuart Dybek, the estimable Robin Hemley, and my former student Scott Kaukonen. Check it out.Pinckney BenedictPrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookAn enjoyable evening at the Chicago Tribune listening to five short story writers talk about their craft. All five have won the prestigious Nelson Algren Short Story Award presented annually by the Tribune.Tammie Edington ShawPrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookRT @jennanohea: RT @TribEvents: Printers Row short story night #printersrow 5 Algren winners discussing their stories. http://pic.twitter.com/iHtoRyLBMaggie ZakrzewskiCourtney Crowder at Printers Row Journal caught up with a number of past Algren winners and asked what the prize has meant in their careers:Nelson Algren Short Story AwardsAn honor like the Nelson Algren Short Story Award can be a boon to a writer. It can give him or her the confidence to slog through reject...Billy Lombardo: So much about what I discover about a story happens away from the table. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: I finish the first draft as fast as possible, turn the computer off, and get away from the story. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookJoe Meno: I love the feeling of wandering.Frank TemponeJoe Meno: Most of my job as a short story writer is to be lost. So much of what I do is getting it wrong. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookI want Joe Meno to talk again. Give the mic back to him. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeJeremy T. Wilson: the only thing I'm thinking about when writing the story is writing. I don't think about the beginning. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookJeremy T. Wilson: I won because I mentioned the Chicago Tribune in the first paragraph. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: I found I could spend time being sophomoric on the page as long as I used a reflective lens. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: I worry about being literary...about being taken seriously. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: every six months I go back to old, failed story starts and try to revive them. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookKind of a pattern to the type of stories that win the Algren Award. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: it took me five or six years to write this story. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBaird Harper: potentially off-putting when you identify the audience of the piece. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBilly Lombardo: after the beginning, I add minor preoccupations. Things, anecdotes that haunt me. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeBilly Lombardo: write what you have to to gain access to the story, even if it's terrible. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookJoe Meno: the first paragraph is the last that gets written. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeJoe Meno: Set up the problem of the relationship in the first sentence. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeJoe Meno: set up who the narrator is through repetition. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponeJoe Meno on first paragraphs: place, as a writer, is a great gift. @PrintersRowFestFrank TemponePrinters Row Short Story Night | FacebookFacebookJoe Meno just woke this place up.Frank TemponeNelson Algren along Oak Park rail linesKelly Hafermann Photography
-- James Janega, Trib Nation Manager
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