James Salter has won the Rea (RAY') Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.
Rea judges released a statement Tuesday praising the 86-year-old Salter as "the most stylish and grave and exact of writers."
Salter will receive $30,000 for the award. It was established in 1986 by the late philanthropist Michael M. Rae and is now directed by his wife, Elizabeth Richebourg (REESH'-borg) Rea.
Salter is revered for his precise, insightful prose. His collections include "Last Night" and "Dusk and Other Stories." He also wrote the novel "A Sport and a Pastime" and the memoir "Burning the Days."
Previous winners include Eudora Welty, John Updike and Grace Paley.