Ann of Books on the Nightstand (a fabulous podcast!) dubbed 2013 the "year of the short story" back in January. Apparently some of the folks who give out big literary awards listen to her.
The Giller Prize went to Lynn Coady for a short story collection, Hellgoing.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature went to Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story."
Two more writers for my TBR list!