American Short Fiction Contest Open for Submissions

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The American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words—is now open for submissions. 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. Submit your story through our online submission manager by June 1! More contest details after the jump. […]

Best American Short Stories 2017!

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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!

Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017!

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Three cheers for Smith Henderson, whose ASF story “Trouble” from Issue 62 will be anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, edited by Sarah Vowell. “Trouble” was also a semifinalist for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and we’re thrilled his terrific story has received such distinguished recognition. Congrats, Smith!

Issue 64 Release Party & Reading

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We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Issue 64—so thrilled that we decided to throw a party! This is no regular party—it’s a reading party at the dark and delightful King Bee Lounge, featuring ASF staff members, including contributing editors JENNIFER DUBOIS and STACEY SWANN, editorial fellow CHARLES RAMSAY MCCRORY, and assistant editor HEATHER […]

Contest Closed: American Short(er) Fiction Contest

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The American Short(er) Fiction Contest is now closed. Thank you all for your submissions. This year we are honored to have Justin Torres as our guest judge.  The winners will be announced on this site. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in a future issue of ASF. […]

Announcing our American Short Fiction Contest Winners!

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We are delighted to announce that Victor LaValle has chosen the winners of our 2016 American Short Fiction Contest. The first-place prize goes to Amanda Emil Anderson, for her story “The Goodnow Guide.” Look out for the story in an upcoming issue of American Short Fiction! […]

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