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Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx’s many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner. Her story “The Half-Skinned Steer” was chosen by John Updike for inclusion in Best American Short Stories of the Century. Her new collection of stories, Bad Dirt, is forthcoming in 2005.


The Contest

Fall 2004 | Fiction

There comes a time when Elk Tooth residents no longer take an interest in winter. Toward the end of March the count of semis tipped over by the wind fails to amuse and driving the long way around to anywhere—Angle Iron pass is closed even in a mild winter—has become an odious chore. Elk Tooth residents can take no more of reality. They embrace fads and fancies, and fortunes ride on rash wagers.