Inside the Issue: Rob Roensch reads from “The Zoo and the World”


“The Zoo and the World,” Rob Roensch’s story in the Spring 2014 issue of American Short Fiction, is narrated by a man who has come to rely on his own exceptional competence, but finds himself suddenly out of his element. A rare animal trader, he has learned to value life as both a momentary, beautiful apparition […]

Pushcart News


Congratulations to Barrett Swanson, whose story “Annie Radcliffe,You Are Loved,” which you can read in ASF’s 56th issue, just won a Pushcart Prize! It will be published in the 2015 Collection.

Deadline Extended: ASF Short Story Contest


We are pleased to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest deadline has been extended to June 15th. This year we are honored to have Amy Hempel as our guest judge. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our Fall issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication. We look forward to reading your work. (Note: Original deadline was June 1st.)

Karen Russell Donates Her Sleep


Amidst a busy semester teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, literary wunderkind Karen Russell talks to Vincent Scarpa about the inspiration of strange constraints, how a novella might work like a Florida thundershower, and her new ebook, Sleep Donation, out now from Atavist Books.

Short Story Contest Open for Submissions

We are excited to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest opened for submissions on February 26th. This year we are honored to have Amy Hempel as our guest judge. Submissions will be accepted through the end of May. Contest submissions will be accepted through our regular manager, Submittable.

Inside the Issue: Kellie Wells reads from “A Unified Theory of Human Behavior”

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The young heroine of Kellie Wells’ “A Unified Theory of Human Behavior,” the opening story in Issue 56 of American Short Fiction, observes the world around her with an affecting mixture of sorrow and humor. “Kellie Wells,” writes the wonderful Matt Bell, “will break your heart with a sentence, with a story, with the irrepressible smile at her wit that lights across your face even as on the page sadness swells and grief abounds.” […]

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