An honor like the Nelson Algren Short Story Award can be a boon to a writer. It can give him or her the confidence to slog through rejections and trudge forward with literary endeavors. When we asked former Nelson Algren Award recipients what winning meant to them, validation for their work came up in almost every writer's answer.
“The Nelson Algren Award was the first real indication I had that my writing might mean something to strangers,” said Peter Trachtenberg, winner of the 1984 competition.
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