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.

Announcing the Winners of the American Short(er) Fiction Prize!

American Short Fiction is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. Contest winners will be published in the fall issue. Our first-place winner is Ryan MacDonald, for “The Observable Characteristics of Organisms.” Our second-place winner is Sabrina Orah Mark, for “Are You My Mother?”

Pushcart News

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ellen, whose story, “Teen Culture,” published in ASF’s Summer 2012 issue won a Puschart Prize!

ASF Reads