Join us for The Stars at Night!

Stars at Night 2017 FEATURE

Join us on the night of Thursday, November 2nd, for our second annual The Stars at Night, a beer-and-boots gala celebrating American Short Fiction, our Texas heritage, and our city’s writers and those who champion them. Come for the live country music and dancing, and stay for the open bar, delicious food, and the bright view of the city skyline.

 

This year, American Short Fiction is proud to honor three stars: Dan Chaon will receive the Literary Star award for his haunting and masterful new novel Ill Will; Joe Bratcher III will receive the Community Star award for his generous service to Austin’s literary legions; and Anushka Jasraj will receive our first ever Emerging Star award for young writers in Central Texas. Tickets on sale now! More details after the jump. […]

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 […]

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