The Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. '65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq., a graduate of Hobart College and of the New York University School of Law. Jerome Irving Bank always wanted to be a writer, but died before realizing this dream. Lawrence Bank hopes the contest will encourage students to take a chance by following a dream, something that he, too, wishes he had tried a long time ago. As Judge of this year’s Bank Prize, Eric Puchner will announce our student winner after his reading.
Eric Puchner is the author of two short story collections, Last Day on Earth and Music Through the Floor, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and the novel Model Home, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and won a California Book Award.