Announcing Our American Short Fiction Contest Winners!


We are so pleased to announce that Elizabeth McCracken has chosen the winners of our 2015 American Short Fiction Contest. The first place prize goes to Leona Theis, for her story “How Sylvie Failed to Become a Better Person Through Yoga.” The second place prize goes to CJ Hauser for her story “Gala 4135.” […]

Excerpt: Honey from the Lion, by Matthew Neill Null


Tomorrow Lookout Books will publish Honey from the Lion, the debut novel of Matthew Neill Null. The novel travels the same West Virginian logging terrain as “The Slow Lean of Time,” the stunner of a story we published in our Spring 2014 issue. Like “The Slow Lean of Time,” Honey from the Lion employs a sweeping omniscient narration […]

New: Audio of Authors Reading Their Online Fiction


Big news, friends. Since January, we’ve been working on a little project: from here on out, you’ll be able to find audio content for our online exclusives embedded with the text of the stories and over on our Soundcloud page.

Now closed: the American Short Fiction Contest


The deadline to submit to our American Short Fiction Contest was JULY 1. The contest is now closed—our thanks to all who submitted! We look forward to announcing the winners, chosen by judge Elizabeth McCracken, soon.

Best Words of 2014


Tick-tock, and another year rolls off the clock. We asked our staff here at American Short Fiction what they were reading in 2014. Words, words, words, they said, and proceeded to specify. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite lines of literature from the past year, with a few rediscovered oldies thrown in for good measure. The Germans have a saying they like to share around this time of year: Guten Rutsch, they say, which means, good slide, as in slip easily into the new year […]

Jaimy Gordon Interviews Matthew Neill Null


“The Slow Lean of Time,” Matthew Neill Null’s sweeping account of the hazardous lives of the 19th Century drovers who steered giant logs down West Virginia’s rivers, contains what might be the most genuinely shocking moment of any short story I’ve read this year. This despite the fact that Null, whose story we were pleased to publish in Issue 57 of American Short Fiction, describes the world his characters inhabit from such a high vantage point that we see them as smallish players moving across an expansive historical landscape. […]

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