HATTIESBURG - A professor
in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers
has had his short story selected as one of the year’s 20 best
stories in Pushcart Prize XXIX, Best of the Small Presses.
Steven Barthelme’s story, “Claire,”
originally published in the Yale Review, appears in the 2005 edition
of the award-winning anthology. The story was chosen from among
“nearly 8000 nominations,” according to the editors.
“It’s a great honor,” said
Barthelme, a professor of English who teaches fiction and nonfiction
writing. “I was pleased and surprised to hear they picked
Barthelme also said “Claire” is part
of a book-length collection he’s working on. The same story
was chosen by the Texas Institute of Letters for its annual short
story award last April. Another of the writer’s stories appeared
in the Pushcart Prize XVII in 1993.
Barthelme has won a number of writing awards over
the years, including Artist Fellowships in both fiction and nonfiction
from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has published well over
100 pieces in magazines and newspapers and is the author of two
A third book, a collection of essays and occasional
pieces, will be issued later this year by a press in California.
Called by author Frank Conroy “indispensable
for anyone with an interest in what is really going on in contemporary
writing,” the Pushcart Prize anthology each year collects
distinguished works from literary journals and quarterlies and republishes
them for a wider audience. Stories, essays, and poems are included.
In his introduction to the 29th edition, Bill Henderson,
founding editor, writes of this volume, “This was a vintage