These interconnected stories share characters, a Texas setting, imagery, and/or style. Many link directly through plot. Reminiscent of a story cycle by a single author, the fictional pieces in this composite anthology by five of the best writers in the Lone Star State resonate with meaning built up across, as well as within, the individual works. The result is a new and unique kind of reading experience.
Texas 5X5 was named a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Short Stories category.
Awards and honors for the individual stories in Texas 5X5 include:
- Andrew Geyer's short story "Fingers" won the 2015 Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America.
- Jerry Craven's short story "Stone Salvation Barn" won the 2013 Frank O'Connor Award from descant.
- Terry Dalrymple's short-short "The Boy" was the 2011 Ascent Aspirations flash fiction winner.
- Andrew Geyer's short story "Second Coming" won the 2004 Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America.