So despite the fact my fingers were crossed the entire time, Maureen McHugh didn’t win The Story Prize:

The Hill Road by Patrick O’Keeffe, published by Viking, was named the winner of The Story Prize at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City on the evening of Jan. 25, 2006. O’Keeffe accepted the first prize of $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. The other two finalists for The Story Prize were Jim Harrison for The Summer He Didn’t Die (Atlantic Monthly Press) and Maureen F. McHugh for Mothers & Other Monsters (Small Beer Press).

However, it sounds like the whole experience was a blast anyway (I wonder if any of the other finalists went out with ARGers?). And it is still unbelievably awesome that Mothers was a finalist. (I know nothing about the O’Keeffe; anyone read it?)

It looks as if the entire event is up online, which would include readings by all three authors.

For a Web cast of The Story Prize award night go to and click on ‘Special Events.’

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