20 (Paperback)

Twenty Best Of Drue Heinz Literature Prize (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

By John Edgar Wideman

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958154, 360pp.

Publication Date: March 2, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/11/2001)

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The Drue Heinz Literature Prize was established in 1980 to encourage and support the writing and reading of short fiction. Over the past twenty years judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Alice McDermott, and Frank Conroy have selected the best collections from the hundreds submitted annually by up-and-coming writers.

20 represents the best of the best—one story from each of the prize-winning volumes. Chosen by acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman, the selections cover a broad range of inventive and original characters, settings, and emotions, charting the evolution of the short story over the past two decades. One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize has helped launch the careers of a score of previously "undiscovered" writers, many of whom have gone on to great critical success.

Past Winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize: David Bosworth, Robley Wilson, Jonathan Penner, Randall Silvis, W. D. Wetherell, Rick DeMarinis, Ellen Hunnicutt, Reginald McKnight, Maya Sonenberg, Rick Hillis, Elizabeth Graver, Jane McCafferty, Stewart O’Nan, Jennifer Cornell, Geoffrey Becker, Edith Pearlman, Katherine Vaz, Barbara Croft, Lucy Honig, Adria Bernardi.

About the Author

John Edgar Wideman is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Homewood Books, Brothers and Keepers, and God’s Gym. A former Rhodes scholar, his work has been widely praised for its vivid and lyrical language. He served as senior judge for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 1992.

Praise For 20: Twenty Best Of Drue Heinz Literature Prize (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

“Wideman, the 1992 judge and editor of the volume, notes in his introduction that these shorts stories have changed his mind about the short story form; indeed, they may change the readers minds, as the book unfolds in the fluidity of the genre in its multifaceted representations. . . . The major appeal of this book is that the selections are so varied and so wide-ranging in content, structure, and theme.”


“One of the finest collections of contemporary short fiction around. . . . [These] stories have that uniqueness of voice which makes them not only excellent examples of the form but also a great pleasure to read.”

—PittsburghCity Paper

“Celebrating 20 years of debuts, 20: The Best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize . . . is worth celebrating itself.”

—Orlando Sentinel