This consists of 17 short stories, chosen by judges John K. Hutchens, Dawn Powell, Rosemary Benet, Whit Burnett, et al as winners and runners-up in the annual contest conducted by the editors of Story magazine in an attempt to tap the creative resources of our nation's campuses. All seventeen authors were at the time of the contest -- December, 1960, to April 1961 -- students at an American college or university. There is every reason to believe that some from among this group will achieve the literary eminence of the past winners of the Story contest -- Budd Schulberg, Mary Medearis, and Norman Mailer. The stories, without exception, are thoroughly professional, varying in theme and style as widely as they do in setting. Particularly effective is Helen Essary Ansell's The Threesome the second-prize winner, a poignant, low-keyed tale of alienation of affection with an ending startling and justified. The Hitchhiker augurs well for Jerry Whitfield who appears to rely less on the ""good idea"" of most young writers than on a style which can enthrall as well as the best in his field and a talent for subtle, deft characterizations. Congratulations are most in order for Random House.