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Online Fiction Interview: Terese Svoboda

Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws tells the story of a menacing great white shark who terrorizes the fictional Long Island town of Amity, NY. In 1975, Steven Spielberg turned it into what was, for a time, the highest grossing film at the box office. If Benchley and Speilberg’s Jaws has a topical and tonal opposite, it just might be Terese Svoboda’s tale of a weird, dark family road trip that we published as our May online exclusive. Also entitled “Jaws,” Svoboda’s story is as naturalistic as Benchley’s is conventional, and we were itching to ask her about it because at nearly every turn, this little story surprises. We emailed Svoboda to ask about the story, about her other writing, and about the necessary work of making something new. [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Terese Svoboda

Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws tells the story of a menacing great white shark who terrorizes the fictional Long Island town of Amity, NY. In 1975, Steven Spielberg turned it into what was, for a time, the highest grossing film at the box office. If Benchley and Speilberg’s Jaws has a topical and tonal opposite, it just might be Terese Svoboda’s tale of a weird, dark family road trip that we published as our May online exclusive. Also entitled “Jaws,” Svoboda’s story is as naturalistic as Benchley’s is conventional, and we were itching to ask her about it because at nearly every turn, this little story surprises. We emailed Svoboda to ask about the story, about her other writing, and about the necessary work of making something new. [...]

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Things American: Baltimore Authors Respond to the Death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore’s bus benches are simple, utilitarian things: just two molded concrete end-pieces and seven wooden planks that you wouldn’t think much of were it not for the slogan embossed on the slats of the backrest: “Baltimore: The Greatest City in America.” [...]

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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. [...]

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American Short(er) Fiction Contest: Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Prize, judged by Stuart Dybek. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We were overwhelmed by the breadth and quality of the stories, and, reading them, were thrilled again and again by the versatility and potential of the flash fiction form. [...]

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