Author Elizabeth Spencer has won the 2013 Rea Award for short fiction in honor of her decades of work as a novelist and short story writer. The Rea Award, which was founded in 1986 “to ennoble the form, to give it prestige,” is given every year to a living U.S. or Canadian writer who the jurors see as having made a major contribution to the discipline. Currently living in North Carolina, Spencer, 92, is a native of Mississippi and the author of nine novels and eight short story collections, including Starting Over, which was published in January. Her novella The Light in the Piazza was made into movie by MGM as well as a Tony Award-winning musical. The award comes with a $30,000 prize.