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Now Open: the American Short Fiction Contest

We are pleased to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest is now open. You have until June 15 to submit your work. This year we are honored to have the fabulous author (and latest winner of the Story Prize) Elizabeth McCracken as our guest judge. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our Spring issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication. We look forward to reading your work. [...]

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Now Open: the American Short Fiction Contest

We are pleased to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest is now open. You have until June 15 to submit your work. This year we are honored to have the fabulous author (and latest winner of the Story Prize) Elizabeth McCracken as our guest judge. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our Spring issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication. We look forward to reading your work. [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Jake Wolff

This month’s online fiction interview is with Jake Wolff, author of “When a Woman Thinks That her House Is on Fire.” In this lyrical tale of one family’s double-loss, we learn that Nasya and Ned have lost one son and we watch as they lose their house to a fire. More than a story of loss, though, the piece looks at the things that tragedy leaves in its wake. [...]

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Review: Elizabeth McCracken’s Thunderstruck and Other Stories

If, as George Saunders would have it, fiction is more interesting when death is in the room, then Thunderstruck and Other Stories, which won The Story Prize last week, is positively teeming with interest. Still, the various deaths and disappearances running through the nine meticulously crafted stories in Elizabeth McCracken’s moving and deeply cathartic collection could easily overwhelm if not for the charismatic force of her prose [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Courtney Sender

In Courtney Sender’s “The Solidarity of Fat Girls,” three sisters raise their younger brother following abandonment by their mother. The story traces their little family’s trajectory only in the broadest sense, noting the major events of their lives, including the illness and death of one sister as well as the engagement of the younger brother to a fat girl who “doesn’t assume that people’s brothers should love her.” [...]

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