The American Short(er) Fiction Prize is now Closed


The American Short(er) Fiction Prize is now closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who entered! We look forward to reading your work. A winner and runner-up will be announced in the coming months. We are thrilled that Amber Sparks—author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies—is judging this year’s contest. 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.

Web Exclusive Interview: Richard Mirabella


Back in November, we published the Web Exclusive story “The Sister” by Richard Mirabella, a tale with a timeless sense of the heartbreak and loss. We talked with Mirabella about the story’s roots, queer fiction, and the pains and pleasures of writing when you’ve got a full-time job.

Web Exclusive Interview: Anton DiSclafani


In our December Web Exclusive story, “Flight,” author Anton DiSclafani freezes a moment in the life of an aged John J. Audubon. It’s a moment that allows us a bird’s-eye view of the famed ornithologist/artist’s exotic origins, his loss and his passion, and his rivalry with Alexander Wilson. It’s elegiac without being mawkish, and you walk away feeling as though you’ve just been up close with a rare and brilliant specimen. [. . .]

Support ASF in 2017 & Get this Dog-Approved Tote Bag!

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As the new year approaches, we look back with gratitude on the magazine’s accomplishments and think about how we can grow in the years to come. We know you share our belief in the essential power of stories. Reading is an empathetic act, and fiction is a big tent as well as a clear window through which readers have access to experiences far different from their own. As a 501(c)3 arts nonprofit, we need your support now more than ever. From now until supplies last, we’ll send everyone who donates $75 or more a free ASF tote bag. To make a tax-deductible gift to American Short Fiction follow this link, or you can send a check to American Short Fiction, P.O. Box 4152, Austin, Texas 78765.

Web Exclusive Interview: Anessa Ibrahim

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October’s Web Exclusive story “Ray Charles Never Lost Anything Important” brings an ancient archetype, the soothsayer, to a group of teenagers in East Los Angeles in a funny and sweet, totally believable scene that could take place at almost any time. We chatted with Anissa Ibrahim recently about mysticism and belief and writing. […]

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.

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