Brandon Taylor’s “Filthy Animals” has gained the Story Prize, a $20,000 honor for collections of brief fiction.
“Taylor is incredibly attuned to the slightest shift in the emotional weather in his characters and writes with absolute precision and compassion about their desires, vulnerabilities, failings, joys, and longings,” prize judges wrote in a statement Wednesday. “His careful attention makes these very ordinary people extraordinary. His sentences are finely tuned, his language subtle and gorgeous.”
The finalists, Lily King for “Five Tuesdays in Winter” and J. Robert Lennon for “Think of Me,” will every obtain $5,000.
The Story Prize was established in 2004. Previous winners embrace Lauren Groff, Anthony Doerr and Edwidge Danticat.