Drue Heinz Literature Prize

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The Drue Heinz Literature Prize is a major American literary award for short fiction in the English language.

This prize of the University of Pittsburgh Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States was initiated in 1981 by Drue Heinz and developed by Frederick A. Hetzel. It has recognized and supported writers of short fiction and made their work available to readers around the world.

The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers; past judges have included Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Michael Chabon, Frank Conroy, Richard Ford, John Edgar Wideman, Nadine Gordimer, and Rick Moody. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The winner is announced in February of each year.


Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Pittsburgh alumnus Michael Chabon served as the senior judge in 2004.
Year Winning Author Title Senior Judge
2014 Kent Nelson The Spirit Bird: Short Stories David Guterson
2013 Anthony Wallace The Old Priest Amy Hempel[1]
2012 Beth Bosworth The Source of Life and Other Stories Sven Birkerts[2]
2011 Shannon Cain The Necessity of Certain Behaviors Alice Mattison
2010 Tina May Hall The Physics of Imaginary Objects Renata Adler
2009 Anne Sanow Triple Time Ann Patchett
2008 Anthony Varallo Out Loud Scott Turow
2007 Kirk Nesset Paradise Road Hilary Masters
2006 Todd James Pierce Newsworld Joan Didion
2005 David Harris Ebenbach Between Camelots Stewart O'Nan
2004 Darrell Spencer Bring Your Legs with You Michael Chabon
2003 Suzanne Greenberg Speed-Walk and Other Stories Rick Moody
2002 John Blair American Standard Elizabeth Hardwick
2001 Brett Ellen Block Destination Known C. Michael Curtis
2000 Adria Bernardi In the Gathering Woods Frank Conroy
1999 Lucy Honig The Truly Needy and Other Stories Charles Johnson
1998 Barbara Croft Necessary Fictions Bharati Mukherjee
1997 Katherine Vaz Fado and Other Stories George Garrett
1996 Edith Pearlman Vaquita and Other Stories Rosellen Brown
1995 Geoffrey Becker Dangerous Men Charles Baxter
1994 Jennifer Cornell Departures Alice McDermott
1993 Stewart O'Nan In The Walled City Tobias Wolff
1992 Jane McCafferty Director of the World and Other Stories John Edgar Wideman
1991 Elizabeth Graver Have You Seen Me? Richard Ford
1990 Rick Hillis Limbo River Russell Banks
1989 Maya Sonenberg Cartographies Robert Coover
1988 Reginald McKnight Moustapha's Eclipse Margaret Atwood
1987 Ellen Hunnicutt In the Music Library Nadine Gordimer
1986 Rick DeMarinis Under The Wheat Alison Lurie
1985 W. D. Wetherell The Man Who Loved Levittown Max Apple
1984 Randall Silvis The Luckiest Man in the World Joyce Carol Oates
1983 Jonathan Penner Private Parties Wright Morris
1982 Robley Wilson Dancing for Men Raymond Carver
1981 David Bosworth The Death of Descartes Robert Penn Warren


  • Wideman, John Edgar, editor (2001). 20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-4170-8.
  1. ^ "Tony Wallace Awarded Drue Heinz Literature Prize". Boston University. February 1, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "2012 Drue Heinz Literature Prize awarded to Brooklyn author" (PDF) (Press release). University of Pittsburgh Press. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-10.

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