US writer Anthony Doerr wins short story prize

Posted April 08, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.

LONDON — American author Anthony Doerr has beaten Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and four other finalists to a lucrative short story prize.

The Boise, Idaho-based writer was awarded the $49,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award Friday for “The Deep,” a story set in Depression-era Detroit.

It was Doerr’s second major prize in as many months. Last month, he won the $20,000 Story Prize for short fiction for the collection “Memory Wall.”

The Sunday Times award — judged by writers including A.S. Byatt and Will Self — is billed as the world’s most valuable prize for short stories.

The other finalists were Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li and Britons Mantel, Gerard Woodward, Will Cohu and Roshi Fernando.

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