Peter Trachtenberg, "The End of Travel," 1984. What the award meant to the writer: The Nelson Algren Award was the first real indication I had that my writing might mean something to strangers. It was a sign that all those hours of writing and revising had actually brought the story closer to some ideal of quality. The award was a sign I'd produced something that possessed some paler recension of the life that coursed through the writing I loved.
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