Two Literary Lions Merge

Ranging from the economic challenges facing many publishing houses to the rise of the Kindle, and the sad farewell to literary legend John Updike, it’s been a particularly challenging year for the published short story.

Until now.

For the first time ever Anchor Books and the PEN American Center are partnering and making publishing history with this year’s PEN/O.HENRY 2009 PRIZE STORIES. As The New York Times notes, This partnership is historic for a number of reasons, not the least of it is that it marks the first time PEN has ever honored the short story, proceeds from the collection will be directed to PEN’s Readers & Writers Program and winners will be honored in PEN’s annual literary awards gala taking place next month.