January 7, 2014
We’re slowly getting our archive of web exclusives online.  First up: Alexander Lumans’ “The Unicorns,” from 2011, which begins:.
"The blizzard is over. But the sea waves still crash high upon the shore, making it impossible to row off any of the archipelago’s islands. The unicorns are cantering about and talking about the weather. “Fucking cold!” “And how!” The unicorns have come to the archipelago to be chosen by the Rider. It is the only archipelago for hundreds of miles with a Rider who will ride unicorns. “Fucking cold!” “And how!”
Read the story here, and an interview with Alex about it here.

We’re slowly getting our archive of web exclusives online.  First up: Alexander Lumans’ “The Unicorns,” from 2011, which begins:.

"The blizzard is over. But the sea waves still crash high upon the shore, making it impossible to row off any of the archipelago’s islands. The unicorns are cantering about and talking about the weather. “Fucking cold!” “And how!” The unicorns have come to the archipelago to be chosen by the Rider. It is the only archipelago for hundreds of miles with a Rider who will ride unicorns. “Fucking cold!” “And how!”

Read the story here, and an interview with Alex about it here.

November 18, 2013
Anis Mojgani beautifully illustrated Joyce Carol Oates’ "The Disappearing," which is featured in the newest issue of American Short Fiction.

Anis Mojgani beautifully illustrated Joyce Carol Oates’ "The Disappearing," which is featured in the newest issue of American Short Fiction.

September 8, 2013

cassandragillig:

Richard Brautigan & Mariah Carey for Chad Redden

September 7, 2013
American Short Fiction: FC2

ryanmacdonald:

Incredible to have won the American Short(er) Fiction Award and alongside Sabrina Orah Mark no less! Read our stories in ASF’s next issue this fall. And then hopefully it’ll move you to read my collection of stories The Observable Characteristics of Organisms which comes out from the unprecedented FC2 next fall!! Yes? Yes.
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September 6, 2013
We asked writers from around the country to compare their favorite teams to a work of fiction.  And they did.  Oh they did.  Check it out: American Short Fiction’s NFL Preview.

We asked writers from around the country to compare their favorite teams to a work of fiction.  And they did.  Oh they did.  Check it out: American Short Fiction’s NFL Preview.

August 7, 2013
Celebrating our ASF staffers’s publications/wins makes us feel all TURBO-BOOST-Y.  
Check out:
Stephanie Frazee's story in the newest issue of Midwestern Gothic
Vincent Scarpa’s “Long Division” in Bartleby Snopes
Adeena Reitberger’s essay in The Cimarron Review
Asher Price’s new book (with Kate Galbraith) The Great Texas Wind Rush
and then there’s Alex Lumans, who won the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. 

Celebrating our ASF staffers’s publications/wins makes us feel all TURBO-BOOST-Y.  

Check out:

Stephanie Frazee's story in the newest issue of Midwestern Gothic

Vincent Scarpa’s “Long Division” in Bartleby Snopes

Adeena Reitberger’s essay in The Cimarron Review

Asher Price’s new book (with Kate Galbraith) The Great Texas Wind Rush

and then there’s Alex Lumans, who won the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize

August 2, 2013
This is how we feel about just a few of the books we’re digging these days.

This is how we feel about just a few of the books we’re digging these days.

July 30, 2013
"… no, you can’t pass off people crying on the side of the road as a happy ending. Try again."

— Melinda Moustakis’ new ASF series, “If You Lived Here,” begins with a conversation with Danielle Evans about the landscape of adolescence, putting characters in confined spaces, and “Waffle House” endings. (via jessstoner)

July 26, 2013
"We often talk about empathy as an emotional virtue, but it’s also an imaginative art. Before I can empathize with you, you have to become real to me. I have to listen to you, I have to tell myself your story. I have to imagine what it is like to be you with your illness or your situation or your aspirations or whatever it is. If you don’t have empathy, other people might not exist for you."

— (via mttbll) Rebecca Solnit is everything.

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July 25, 2013
"Dead men make poor witnesses."

— Today at Things American: “From Post-Black to Postmortem—The Tragic Death of Trayvon Martin.”  

July 22, 2013

cleanwhitebuttondown:

Swoon.

Marvin Gaye’s vocals for “Heard It Through The Grapevine”

What does this have to do with American Short Fiction? Well, it certainly has something to do with what it feels like to have goosebumps on your soul.  So there’s that.  Also, we know all the down things about Detroit have been in the news lately, but all we want to do is beg you, plead with you, to go to the Motown Museum.  It’ll ruin all other museums for you.  You should all go.  Right now.

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July 19, 2013
"Outlander" at American Short Fiction

ravimangla:

After a brief disappearance, my story “Outlander" is back up on the newly redesigned American Short Fiction website (along with a bunch of brand new content).

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We’re working on uploading the ASF archives onto the new site.  There’s Ravi’s great “Outlander” (plus an interview with him here) along with Online Fiction from Sal Pane, Casey Hannan, Venita Blackburn, and other superb writers (with lots more to come). 

July 15, 2013
"Bud Light Lime (4.20% ABV): There is no use no use at all in smell, in flavor, in taste, in anything, there is no use at all and the lack of respect is mutual. More, that is more, yes. But what I want is less."

FUNNY WOMEN #103: Gertrude Stein Reviews Beer by Jessica Probus

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July 14, 2013
"There have been a lot of conversations lately online about the obvious and pervasive sexism in all our culture industries, including book publishing. We tally up numbers of women’s books reviewed and decry the lack of female reviewers; we point out the sexist ways women’s books are marketed and sold — all those headless women, all those “[man]‘s mother, sister, daughter” titles. It’s important and good to name the problem, but it’s more important not to stop there. The root of the issue is as simple as this fact: women, research shows, buy and read books by both women and men, while men predominantly read books by men. The solution? We think it’s to read books by women, especially women outside the literary establishment. Talk about them. Share them with your friends. Representation is important. It’s not a solution on its own, but together with more direct action to end inequality, representation can and will change our world."

— There’s an Emily Books book club on The Toast now! Check it out and get the discount code here.  (via emilybooks)

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July 14, 2013
"Where do you want to go? I’ll take you anywhere. To your mother? Your father? Their bent faces at your memorial in New York. To the sweet, new candy you bought on your way home. To the girl on the phone right before he shot you. Let’s go there, to a moment of your breath. Let’s stay here. If we could, just tell me, please. Let’s never move again."

— In “The Forgetting Tree” by Rae Paris, she takes the ghost? spirit? memory? of Trayvon Martin on a tour of a former plantation. http://www.guernicamag.com/poetry/the-forgetting-tree/ (via mollitudo)

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