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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: David Naimon

David Naimon‘s “The Battle” is an oddball buddy tale of sorts set in a Black Sea bunker in some not-too-far-off future. The stakes are high—international tensions run deep as global warming has opened the arctic to shipping lanes—and Sergei, Naimon’s protagonist, is charged with monitoring the progress of Russian submarines as they stake claims on […]

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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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