John Updike won the 1964 fiction prize for The Centaur. This story, from a 2008 The New Yorker, is narrated by an near-octogenarian ruminating upon aging. It opens: "Approaching eighty, I sometimes see myself from a little distance, as a man I know but not intimately."
This short story by 1970 fiction winner Joyce Carol Oates was published in this fall's Virginia Quarterly Review. It follows two characters on an emotional and suspenseful journey. Its riveting beginning: "Yes. I want this. He asked if she was sure. She said it again, Yes."
And E.L. Doctorow, who won the 1966 fiction award, published this story also in The New Yorker in 2008. It traces the aftermath of a marriage. "People will say that I left my wife and I suppose, as a factual matter, I did, but where was the intentionality? I had no thought of deserting her."