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Bourbon and Milk: “Are You the Mother?”

“Mama,” my three-year-old son says a hundred times a day, right before he asks for something—a hug, a glass of milk, a kiss, a Netflix show, a toy that I have hidden up high because he whacked me with it—and I respond immediately, instinctively. I hear Mama and I think, me. I don’t even think it, really. I turn automatically, just as I have for my whole life at the sound of my name. It took a long time for this to happen. Much longer than I thought. Even still, some days, I wake up and think, I am somebody’s mother! and it seems hilarious, absurd. [...]

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Bourbon and Milk: “Are You the Mother?”

“Mama,” my three-year-old son says a hundred times a day, right before he asks for something—a hug, a glass of milk, a kiss, a Netflix show, a toy that I have hidden up high because he whacked me with it—and I respond immediately, instinctively. I hear Mama and I think, me. I don’t even think it, really. I turn automatically, just as I have for my whole life at the sound of my name. It took a long time for this to happen. Much longer than I thought. Even still, some days, I wake up and think, I am somebody’s mother! and it seems hilarious, absurd. [...]

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An Interview with Marie-Helene Bertino

I first met Marie-Helene Bertino last summer, when she was my workshop instructor at the One Story Workshop for Writers. In person, she is meticulous, charming, and bright. And her writing is the same. Her short story, “Carry Me Home, Sisters of Saint Joseph,” was first published in Issue 47 of American Short Fiction. Her second book, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, will be published this August by Crown.

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Online Fiction Interview: Kathleen Founds

In recent months, we’ve had the very great pleasure of publishing lots of terrific stuff online—and we’ve we’ve covered a lot of ground, topically. From an epistolary piece that used the format of a student evaluation form as its scaffolding to a naturalistic piece about a recently returned veteran and his do-gooder brother-in-law, we’ve aimed to mix it up in this space. We’ve taken that to a new extreme this month, as we published “The Wormhole” by Kathleen Founds. […]

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American Short Fiction Prize: Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the prize winners for our 2014 American Short Fiction Contest. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. We were overwhelmed by the breadth and quality of the stories you submitted. Reading through them, we were surprised again and again by the versatility and potential of the short story form. See what stories our contest judge, Amy Hempel, chose as winners, after the jump. […]

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