Alexander MacLeod among three Canadian writers to win an O. Henry Prize

Alexander MacLeod's short story, Lagomorph, is one of 20 O. Henry Prize winners. (Heather Crosby/Biblioasis)

On the surface, Alexander MacLeod’s award-winning short story tells a tale about a pet rabbit.

But the Nova Scotia writer said Lagomorph is much more than that.

“I guess it’s about a family, and about a family pet — a pet that was maybe not seen as the best choice of a pet in the beginning,” MacLeod told CBC’s Information Morning.

“We take things in, and we grow to love them with whatever challenges that poses. So the story is kind of a meditation, or reflection on how we put our love out in the world.”

The story, originally published in the U.K.-based literary magazine Granta, was recently announced as one of the winners of the 100th O. Henry Prize.

MacLeod was one of three Canadian authors to win the American prize, which recognizes excellence in short fiction by publishing the year’s 20 best short stories in an anthology.

“I don’t know if it’s insecurity or something, but there’s something different when the Americans get a hold of something,” he said. “I’m very proud of Canadian literature and the way Canadian literature operates, but it’s nice when you get some international recognition.”