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DEADLINE APPROACHING: the American Short Fiction Contest

The deadline to submit to our American Short Fiction Contest is JULY 1, which is soon! All our favorite writers are procrastinators. We can’t bear to miss any of your stories, so to give you just a little more time to get those submissions in, we extended deadline a couple of weeks ago, but this time we really mean it! So come on, no excuses now, send us your beautiful fiction! This year we are honored to have the fabulous author (and latest winner of the Story Prize) Elizabeth McCracken as our guest judge. Submit your entry online via our Submittable page. 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. Details after the jump. [...]

ElizabethMcCracken_439234a

DEADLINE APPROACHING: the American Short Fiction Contest

The deadline to submit to our American Short Fiction Contest is JULY 1, which is soon! All our favorite writers are procrastinators. We can’t bear to miss any of your stories, so to give you just a little more time to get those submissions in, we extended deadline a couple of weeks ago, but this time we really mean it! So come on, no excuses now, send us your beautiful fiction! This year we are honored to have the fabulous author (and latest winner of the Story Prize) Elizabeth McCracken as our guest judge. Submit your entry online via our Submittable page. 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. Details after the jump. [...]

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Online Fiction Interview: Anna Noyes

June’s online exclusive, “The Tobacconist” by Anna Noyes depicts longing so convincingly that it’s difficult to pass judgment on the story’s conflicted, suffering protagonist, George. It seemed to us that the magic of the story was that it depicted complication and ambivalence so tenderly. We emailed Noyes to ask about writing conflicted characters, about her […]

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Online Fiction Interview: Terese Svoboda

Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws tells the story of a menacing great white shark who terrorizes the fictional Long Island town of Amity, NY. In 1975, Steven Spielberg turned it into what was, for a time, the highest grossing film at the box office. If Benchley and Speilberg’s Jaws has a topical and tonal opposite, it just might be Terese Svoboda’s tale of a weird, dark family road trip [...]

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Things American: Baltimore Authors Respond to the Death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore’s bus benches are simple, utilitarian things: just two molded concrete end-pieces and seven wooden planks that you wouldn’t think much of were it not for the slogan embossed on the slats of the backrest: “Baltimore: The Greatest City in America.” [...]

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