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March 25, 2013

Junot Díaz wins world’s richest short story prize

DiasAmerican author Junot Díaz, winner of both a Pulitzer and a MacArthur “genius” grant, has beaten a strong lineup of British writers to take the world’s richest prize for a single short story.

Díaz’s story, “Miss Lora”, is about a high-school-age boy having a relationship with an older woman in 1980s New Jersey, and is written in the “Spanglish” for which the Dominican-born writer is known. It beat entries from top British authors including Mark Haddon, Ali Smith and Sarah Hall to be named winner of the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize.

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