The American Short(er) Fiction Prize is now Closed


The American Short(er) Fiction Prize is now closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who entered! We look forward to reading your work. A winner and runner-up will be announced in the coming months. We are thrilled that Amber Sparks—author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies—is judging this year’s contest. 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.

Support ASF in 2017 & Get this Dog-Approved Tote Bag!

Support ASF and get this awesome, dog-approved tote bag!

As the new year approaches, we look back with gratitude on the magazine’s accomplishments and think about how we can grow in the years to come. We know you share our belief in the essential power of stories. Reading is an empathetic act, and fiction is a big tent as well as a clear window through which readers have access to experiences far different from their own. As a 501(c)3 arts nonprofit, we need your support now more than ever. From now until supplies last, we’ll send everyone who donates $75 or more a free ASF tote bag. To make a tax-deductible gift to American Short Fiction follow this link, or you can send a check to American Short Fiction, P.O. Box 4152, Austin, Texas 78765.

The Stars at Night: An Interview with Dan Chaon

Chaon Ill Will Feature

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 […]

2017 American Short Fiction Prize Winners

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We are delighted to announce that Lauren Groff has selected the winners of the 2017 American Short Fiction Prize. The first-place prize goes to Michaela Hansen for her story “The Devil in the Barn” and the second-place prize goes to Wendy Rawlings for her story “Coffins for Kids!”Our deepest thanks to Lauren Groff for judging the American Short Fiction Prize, and to all of you for submitting your work. And congrats to the winners! Look out for the winning story in an upcoming issue of American Short Fiction! […]

Contest Closed: The American Short Fiction Prize


Thank you to everyone who submitted work to this year’s American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words. This year we are honored to have Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies (Obama’s favorite book of 2015), 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 will announce this year’s winner and runner-up in the fall.

Best American Short Stories 2017!


We are thrilled to announce that two ASF stories will be anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer. Congratulations to Danielle Evans, author of “Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain” from Issue 63, and Kyle McCarthy, author of “Ancient Rome” from Issue 62 for the honor!

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