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The American Short(er) Fiction Prize Is Now Open for Submissions

We are thrilled to announce that Amber Sparks—author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies—will be judging this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication, and the second-place winner will receive $250 and publication. Previous winners of the Short(er) Fiction Prize have gone on to be anthologized in places such as The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. All entries will be considered for publication. The deadline to submit an entry is February 1, 2018.

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The American Short(er) Fiction Prize Is Now Open for Submissions

We are thrilled to announce that Amber Sparks—author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies—will be judging this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication, and the second-place winner will receive $250 and publication. Previous winners of the Short(er) Fiction Prize have gone on to be anthologized in places such as The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. All entries will be considered for publication. The deadline to submit an entry is February 1, 2018.

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Web Exclusive Interview: Anessa Ibrahim

October’s Web Exclusive story “Ray Charles Never Lost Anything Important” brings an ancient archetype, the soothsayer, to a group of teenagers in East Los Angeles in a funny and sweet, totally believable scene that could take place at almost any time. We chatted with Anissa Ibrahim recently about mysticism and belief and writing. […]

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Texas Book Festival Interviews: An Austin Collection

With the Texas Book Festival approaching, we caught up with a few authors featured in this year’s lineup for some mini–interviews. Deb Olin Unferth, Jardine Libaire, and Owen Egerton are a few of Austin’s favorite local writers, while our other interviewees—Amelia Gray, Mary Miller, and Manuel Gonzales—have all recently called Austin home. We asked these six to share a few insights about themselves, their books, and the Lone Star State.

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The Stars at Night: An Interview with Dan Chaon

I first came to Dan Chaon’s work years ago via his celebrated story collection Among the Missing; even as a fledgling writer, I recognized that Chaon had the chops for beautiful writing and even greater empathy. Now, Chaon’s newest novel Ill Will showcases a multi-talented writer diving into the deep waters of emotional hazards and physical violence, all set against the backdrop of contemporary America […]

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Announcing the winners of the Insider Prize

Submissions to The Insider Prize—a writing contest for incarcerated writers in Texas, which we held for the first time this year—came to us in envelopes of many sizes. Most had been previously opened, with a red TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS stamp on the inside of the lip of the envelope that had been taped shut after an inspection. Some were composed on a typewriter. Others were handwritten. […]

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