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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.” A spare yet lyrical mediation on loss and loyalty, the story seemed a fitting choice for this shortest month of the year. We recently emailed with Sender to ask about the story, as well as her other work, which includes a novel-in-progress that we’re itching to read. [...]

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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.” A spare yet lyrical mediation on loss and loyalty, the story seemed a fitting choice for this shortest month of the year. We recently emailed with Sender to ask about the story, as well as her other work, which includes a novel-in-progress that we’re itching to read. [...]

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Contest Closed: American Short(er) Fiction Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Stuart Dybek 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 $500 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. [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel’s “The Supervillain Stalled in His Lair” kicks off our 2015 web exclusive fiction, and it’s a lovely and bizarre look at the placid, boring world through the eyes of an ambitious and anxiety-rattled super villain named, uh, the Supervillain. As satires go, this one’s less send-up than human interest piece. Told from the point of view […]

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Best Words of 2014

Tick-tock, and another year rolls off the clock. We asked our staff here at American Short Fiction what they were reading in 2014. Words, words, words, they said, and proceeded to specify. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite lines of literature from the past year, with a few rediscovered oldies thrown in for good measure. The Germans have a saying they like to share around this time of year: Guten Rutsch, they say, which means, good slide, as in slip easily into the new year [...]

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