Cameron University’s George McCormick honored with prestigious O. Henry Prize

Cameron University faculty member George McCormick, assistant professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, is one of 20 authors awarded with the prestigious 2013 O. Henry Prize. McCormick’s short story, “The Mexican,” has been included in the anthology, “The 2013 O. Henry Prize Stories,” published by Random House. “The O. Henry Prize Stories” is an annual collection of the 20 best stories published in American and Canadian magazines, written in English, selected from thousands of published works. “The Mexican” was first published in the Spring 2012 issue of Epoch.

“Inclusion in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories anthology is a tremendous honor,” says McCormick. “As a writer, I strive to produce works that have wide-ranging appeal. As a teacher, I hope this honor serves to motivate my students.” 

McCormick joined the Cameron faculty in 2009. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first collection of short stories, “Salton Sea,” was published in December 2012. In addition, his short stories have been published in numerous literary journals. McCormick has recently completed his first novel, “Inland Empire,” which is set in Oklahoma.

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September 18, 2013

PR# 13-146