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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 will receive the Literary Star award for his haunting and masterful new novel Ill Will; Joe Bratcher III will receive the Community Star award for his generous service to Austin’s literary legions; and Anushka Jasraj will receive our first ever Emerging Star award for young writers in Central Texas. Tickets on sale now! More details after the jump. […]

ASF Goes Back to School: Our Second Annual Back Issue Giveaway

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Last year, we shipped over 150 free back issues of American Short Fiction to colleges and universities including Rowan University, the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, Towson University, Missouri State University, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. If you’re a creative writing instructor who’s teaching a workshop at a U.S. college or university this fall, we’d be happy to send you a box of back issues to use in your classroom.  […]

Editorial Outtakes: Shawn Wen

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Editorial Outtakes is a series in which we publish excerpts from recent books that you won’t find anywhere else because, prior publication, these sections were cut. This installment of Editorial Outtakes features author Shawn Wen, whose A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause is a kaleidoscopic, book-length essay examining the life and art of Marcel Marceau. Published this week by Sarabande Books, the book is by turns a journalistic endeavor, an imaginative inroad into the artist’s world, and a history. […]

 

Web Exclusive Interview: Shoshana Akabas

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In June’s Web Exclusive story, “Between the Shores,” two people seem to move in parallel throughout their lives, always a hair’s breadth away from interacting directly, only feeling the ripples of each other’s actions but never knowing each other. We spoke with author Shoshana Akabas about this idea, about interconnectedness and empathy, and how our treatment of refugees right now doesn’t bode well for either. Read our interview after the jump! […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Allegra Hyde

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May’s flash fiction exclusive, “Endangered,” imagines a world in which artists are kept in cages for their own safety. But author Allegra Hyde is more about the utopia than the dystopia—and what with the sorry state of the world right now, it’s completely understandable. We talked recently about utopias, how to get closer to your own (hint: it involves going off social media) […]

Contest Closed: The American Short Fiction Prize

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Thank you to everyone who submitted work to this year’s American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words. This year we are honored to have Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies (Obama’s favorite book of 2015), as our guest judge. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our spring issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication. We will announce this year’s winner and runner-up in the fall.

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