Monday, March 25, 2013

30 Days of the Flannery O'Connor Award: Day 21

The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction attracts brilliant writers from all over the United States. To illustrate the diversity of the award-winning group of writers, we compiled the authors' locations and their story settings into a comprehensive Google map available via the link below.

These authors truly come from all over the place. On the Google map, some of the authors show up in clusters in California or New York or Arizona, while others are only visible in a zoomed-out screen, as they currently live in countries as far away as Mexico and Japan.

The authors' constructed settings are as varied as their home bases. In many collections the stories all revolve around a specific location--the fictional town of Windfall, Pennsylvania in EYESORES and a close-up view of Brooklyn in AT-RISK. In others, the characters and individual stories jump from place to place--from Jerusalem to Manhattan in THE PALE OF SETTLEMENT and in places as different as Morocco and Minnesota in a collection with a title that says it all, THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD.

The Google map of Flannery O'Connor winners and their story settings offers a visual representation of the wide-ranging backgrounds of this group of sixty talented writers. Click on the link below to see for yourself just how spread out the Flannery O'Connor Award winners really are.

View Celebrating Thirty Years of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in a larger map

The above map shows where the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning authors live (blue pins) and--for those collections in which place is an especially strong element--where their stories are set (red pins).