Excerpt from O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1923: Chosen by the Society of Arts and Sciences
Willoughby, Barrett, The Law of the Trap Line (american, November).
Wood, Frances Gilchrist, The pick-up Job (pictorial Review, May); And Hear - the Angels - Sing (delineator, December).
From the first list were selected the stories here offered. Again, out of this smaller number three were voted the annual prizes. To Prelude, by Edgar Valentine Smith, goes the first award of $500; to A Friend of Napoleon, by Richard Connell, the second, of $2 50 to Towers of Fame, by Elizabeth Irons Folsom, the special prize of $100 for the best brief story under words. One member wished to record a preference for The Distant Street as first winner, and also urged Richard Connell's A New York Knight for second winner. With one exception, and with the result stated, every story on the first list was considered in making the awards. The exception is the work of Frances Gilchrist Wood. The Committee having indicated their appreciation of its high merit, Mrs. Wood, herself a member of the Com mittee, consented to a place on the/lists; but, as a matter of course, she refused to enter any one of her stories as a candi date for the awards.
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