Deborah Eisenberg is the author of four short story collections—All Around Atlantis, The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg, Under the 82nd Airborne, and Transactions in a Foreign Country (1986), as well as a play, Pastorate, and numerous pieces in the New Yorker and the Yale Review. In 1997, she won both a Whiting Writers' Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She received the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993 and O. Henry Awards in 1995 and 1986, Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia, Eisenberg was the recipient of the 2000 Rea Award for The Short Story.

Alice Munro is the author often collections of stories—Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; The Love of a Good Woman; Dance of the Happy Shades; Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You; The Beggar Maid; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth, Open Secrets, and her Selected Stories—as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three Governor General's Literary Awards: Canada's highest; the Lannan Literary Award; the W. H. Smith Award, given to Open Secrets as the best book published in the United Kingdom in 1995; and the National Book Critics' Circle Award for The Love of a Good Woman. She was the recipient of the 2001 Rea Award for The Short Story.

Joy Williams is the author of three collections of short stories, and four novels, State of Grace (1973), which was nominated for a National Book Award, The Changeling (1978), Breaking and Entering (1988), and The Quick and the Dead (2002). Many of her stories and essays have been anthologized and a short story published in Antaeus won a National Magazine Award. She has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Williams was the recipient of the 1999 Rea Award for The Short Story.