The American Short(er) Fiction Prize Is Now Open for Submissions


We are thrilled to announce that Amber Sparks—author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies—will be judging this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication, and the second-place winner will receive $250 and publication. Previous winners of the Short(er) Fiction Prize have gone on to be anthologized in places such as The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. All entries will be considered for publication. The deadline to submit an entry is February 1, 2018.

Texas Book Festival Interviews: An Austin Collection

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With the Texas Book Festival approaching, we caught up with a few authors featured in this year’s lineup for some mini–interviews. Deb Olin Unferth, Jardine Libaire, and Owen Egerton are a few of Austin’s favorite local writers, while our other interviewees—Amelia Gray, Mary Miller, and Manuel Gonzales—have all recently called Austin home. We asked these six to share a few insights about themselves, their books, and the Lone Star State.

The Stars at Night: An Interview with Dan Chaon

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I first came to Dan Chaon’s work years ago via his celebrated story collection Among the Missing; even as a fledgling writer, I recognized that Chaon had the chops for beautiful writing and even greater empathy. Now, Chaon’s newest novel Ill Will showcases a multi-talented writer diving into the deep waters of emotional hazards and physical violence, all set against the backdrop of contemporary America […]

Announcing the winners of the Insider Prize

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Submissions to The Insider Prize—a writing contest for incarcerated writers in Texas, which we held for the first time this year—came to us in envelopes of many sizes. Most had been previously opened, with a red TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS stamp on the inside of the lip of the envelope that had been taped shut after an inspection. Some were composed on a typewriter. Others were handwritten. […]

Join us for The Stars at Night!

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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, Joe Bratcher III, and Anushka Jasraj. Tickets on sale now, and they’re limited! Get yours today.

Web Exclusive Interview: Kyle McCarthy

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“I think being a woman is insane,” says the narrator in September’s hilarious and timely Web Exclusive story, “The Seagull.” With keen wit, Kyle McCarthy illustrates the unwinnable, frustrating, and ultimately pretty ridiculous conundrum that being a good, modern feminist can be. Given where we are right now, as a country, and the coincidental connection […]

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