The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017!

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We’re so pleased to announce that Manuel Muñoz’s story, “The Reason Is Because,” from ASF Issue #61, has been selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 by Laura Furman and this year’s jury panel of Elizabeth McCracken, David Bradley, and Brad Watson. The anthology will be out in September. Congratulations to all the winners!

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Winner!

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Hooray for Bret Anthony Johnson, whose beautiful elegiac story “Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses,” published in ASF’s 25th anniversary issue, was announced as the winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award on April 27th in London. The prize is the richest for a story in the English language. Congrats, Bret!

Announcing our American Short(er) Fiction Contest Winners!

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We are delighted to announce that Justin Torres has chosen the winners of our 2017 American Short(er) Fiction Contest. The first-place prize goes to Claire Robbins, for her story “Arms Out.” The second-place prize goes to Blair Donahue, for her story “Filament.” More details about our winners after the jump! […]

Ex Marks the Spot: a Review of Mary Miller’s Always Happy Hour

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Always Happy Hour, Mary Miller’s second collection of stories, opens with the strangest dedication I have ever read: “For my exes.” Why would one dedicate anything to one’s exes? And not just one ex–not, say, “The One I’m Still Friends With”–but all of them, wholesale? At once blunt and tender, impersonal and twistedly sweet […]

Things American: Thoughts on Last Night

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It felt sad and strange today to be sitting at the helm of a magazine called American Short Fiction. That first word on our masthead, our understanding of what that word means, pulled and pinched and pummeled as it has been over the last few months by our leaders and our pundits and by the new president-elect most of all, took a violent final beating last night, and it was hard, this morning, not to hear a bitter, bruised irony in its syllables […]

ASF Short Fiction Contest Now Closed

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The American Short Fiction Contest is now closed. This year we are honored to have Victor LaValle—author of the story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and novels The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver and The Ballad of Black Tom—as our guest judge. The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 and publication in the magazine. The runner up will receive $500, and all stories submitted to the contest will be considered for publication. More details after the jump. […]

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