Vote for The New Yorker Short Story of the Year — 2012


The nominations for New Yorker Story of the Year are now closed. The finalists (with links to the discussions on this blog) are posted below, with the ballot included at the bottom of the page.

A few things to note about the finalists:

I left out some fictions that I really liked, such as Colum McCann’s “Transatlantic” because they were excerpts from novels and I like to keep this a short story contest.

Of the ten finalists, only three of the stories are by women. I liked the Zadie Smith fiction, but again that was an excerpt. I didn’t much care for the Alice Munro stories or the Tessa Hadley or the Alice McDermott or the Rivka Galchen or the Lorrie Moore. No one nominated these stories and I didn’t feel they belonged in the group of finalists.

The finalists:

Means of Suppressing Demonstrations by Shani Boianju

Birnam Wood by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Citizen Conn by Michael Chabon

The Cheater’s Guide to Love by Junot Diaz

The Proxy Marriage by Maile Meloy

Chapter Two by Antonya Nelson

The Semplica-Girl Diaries by George Saunders

A Brief Encounter with the Enemy by Said Sayrafiezadeh

Sweet Dreams by Peter Stamm

Breatharians by Callan Wink


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