The Story Prize, which recognizes books of short fiction, has named Andrea Barrett (Archangel), Rebecca Lee (Bobcat), and George Saunders (Tenth of December) as the three finalists for the 2013 prize.
Julie Lindsey, founder of the 10-year-old Story Prize, along with director Larry Dark, selected the finalists from 96 titles. This year's judges, author Antonya Nelson, Tin House editor Rob Spillman, and Stephen Ennis, director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, will select the winner.
The winner will be named at the Story Prize's annual event, taking place at The New School in New York City on March 5. He or she will receive $20,000, and the two runners-up will take home $5,000.
In addition, Dark and Lindsey selected "Byzantium" by Ben Stroud for the second annual Story Prize Spotlight Award. The $1,000 prize recognizes "a short story worthy of additional attention," and is chosen from the regular pool of entries for The Story Prize.