Best of the Net

Congratulations to Sarah Gerkensmeyer, whose story, “Ramona,” was selected by Sundress Publications for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology! “Ramona” was published on our website as April’s web exclusive.

Review: Elizabeth McCracken’s Thunderstruck and Other Stories

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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 […]

Contest Closed: American Short(er) Fiction Prize

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We are thrilled to announce that Stuart Dybek will be judging this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $500 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. […]

American Short Fiction Prize: Winners Announced!

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We are pleased to announce the prize winners for our 2014 American Short Fiction Contest. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. We were overwhelmed by the breadth and quality of the stories you submitted. Reading through them, we were surprised again and again by the versatility and potential of the short story form. See what stories our contest judge, Amy Hempel, chose as winners, after the jump. […]

Inside the Issue: An Interview with Ryan MacDonald

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Ryan MacDonald’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize-winning story explores the relationship between a father and his four-year-old daughter with refreshing honesty.  The economy and disarming humor of the piece soften the punch of what is actually an unsentimental look at the natural limitations of our love.  You can read the story, “The Observable Characteristics of Organisms,” […]

Inside the Issue: Rachel Swearingen on Postcards, Nostalgia and History

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When I was a child my father, an antique dealer, often brought home boxes of old postcards from estate sales. He collected black and white photographs of Main streets across America, but I preferred the hand-tinted, folded portfolios of Hollywood homes, European travel destinations, and the cheap stamps—3cents!— smeared with inky postmarks […]

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