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! […]

The Stars at Night, A 25th Birthday Celebration

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Join us on the night of Thursday, November 3rd for the first annual beer-and-boots gala celebrating ASF, our Texas heritage, and our city’s writers and those who champion them. Come for the country songs and dancing, and stay for the free cocktails, light snacks, and the bright view of the city skyline.

Winners of the American Short(er) Fiction Prize

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It is time to raise your fruit for the winners of the 2016 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Amelia Gray! This year we had many wonderful submissions, so thank you to all who submitted to the contest—reading your stories has been an honor and a pleasure, a welcome reminder of the beauty and versatility and promise of […]

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