How to win 100,000 dollars for short fiction

1. Write some great stories

2. Get them published

3. You then have to win the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature The Sami Rohr prize is an annual award that recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience. Fiction and non-fiction books are considered in alternate years, and short fiction collections are permitted as fiction entries. Previous recipients include short story writer Sana Krasikov (2009). Other fiction winners are Austin Ratner for historical novel The Jump Artist , and former literary journalist turned writer Francesca Segal for The Innocents (Chatto & Windus).

4. Another option. Almost as much of a coup as Sana Krasikov’s win is the UK£60,00o picked up by her fellow countryman, flash fiction writer Lydia Davis, for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. Davis’s flash fictions caused a stir when she won the prize, apparently not long after another prize had turned her down and called her lazy for writing such very short pieces. More here.


3 thoughts on “How to win 100,000 dollars for short fiction

  1. My pleasure. $100,000 would go down nicely, eh? Even though I have chosen my mother appropriately for this prize, I don’t write the appropriate subject matter to be considered Jewish literature, so alas I am unlikely to ever have my name and this prize in the same paragraph again!


  2. Hey T, I feel compelled to ask, what is “the appropriate subject matter to be considered Jewish literature”? I mean, maybe I/you/we all have some idea based on the past, but aren’t these things up for redefinition from time to time? [Have not yet read Sara Karasikov’s book, so this is not a comment on her work…] -L


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