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James Salter receives 2010 Rea Short Story Award

Aug 23, 2011

James Salter has been given the 2010 REA Prize for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement award. James Salter was praised by the judges as "the most stylish and grave and exact of writers.". The 86 year old author’s achievements include the PEN/Faulkner, which he was awarded in 1989 for Dusk and Other Stories. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "the author of some of the most esteemed fiction of the past three decades”.

The Rea Award for the Short Story is named after Michael M. Rea, who was a passionate writer and collector of short stories. The annual award, founded in 1986, is bestowed to a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made a “significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form”. The award recognises a writer’s originality and influence on the short story genre rather than a specific collection. Each year a jury of three notable literary figures is selected to nominate and select the winner who receives a grant of $30,000. Past winners include Tobias Wolff and Richard Ford.

After a brief career as an officer and pilot in the US Air Force, James Salter turned to full-time writing after the success of his first novel The Hunters in 1957. He later turned to film writing: his 1962 documentary short, Team, Team, Team, took first prize at the Venice Film Festival. He later wrote the screenplay to the acclaimed Downhill Racer (1969) which starred Robert Redford.