Baltimore Authors Respond to the Death of Freddie Gray: A Reading and Community Conversation


Join ASF and the University of Baltimore on May 13th for a reading and conversation with Baltimore writers who’ve recently confronted the death of Freddie Gray. Authors Jane Delury, Michael Downs, Derick Ebert, Kenneth Morrison, Lia Purpura, Deborah Rudacille, Khaliah Williams & others will read at 8 PM at UB’s Merrick School of Business.

Come and Take It: Texas Lit Party at AWP

Kick off your AWP with Texas’s finest indie presses and lit mags. Come have a drink on us at Liquor Lyle’s on Wednesday April 8th from 7 PM until the whiskey runs dry. With your hosts: American Short Fiction, The Austin Review, Bat City Review, Foxing, Gulf Coast, Litragger, NANO Fiction, and A Strange Object.

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.

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.

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.


Huge congrats to the authors whose ASF stories were recognized as notables, or distinguished reads, in the most recent Best American Short Stories and Best American Non Required Reading anthologies: Laura van den Berg, Robert Boswell, Maggie Shipstead, Roxane Gay, and James DeWille.

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