Michael M.Rea, a passionate reader and collector of short stories, founded The Rea Award
for the Short Story in 1986 to be given annually 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 Rea Award is unique in that it is not given for a collection of stories
or for a body of work,but rather for originality and influence on the genre. Mr.Rea, who
traced his love of the short story back to his Irish roots noted, “The basic thrust of the award
is to foster a literary cause, to ennoble the form, to give it prestige”.
The Rea Award for the Short Story is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation. Each year
three jurors are appointed to nominate and select the winner. The jurors are selected based
on their knowledge, background, and interest in the genre of the short story. Writers may not
apply for the award.