American Short Fiction

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Archived since Spring 1991, Number 1
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American Short Fiction is an internationally award-winning publisher of today's best contemporary short stories. Founded in 1991 by Laura Furman at the University of Texas at Austin in cooperation with the Texas Center for Writers and NPR’s “The Sound of Writing” broadcast, the magazine quickly gained a national reputation for exemplary fiction. In 2019, the organization won the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, with judges noting that, “[ASF] remains urgent and fresh, its purpose clear: to shake us awake and bring the peculiarity of existence into full focus.” In 2024, ASF was named a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction for the fourth time.
ASF has also won recognition for its work from The Sunday Times’ Short Story Award, CLMP’s Firecracker Award, and AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award. Stories published by ASF are anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.

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At a time when the old and comforting frameworks wobble dangerously all around us, and it feels like it’s getting harder to know what’s true, the stories in this issue confront the problems of realism and historical accuracy in various ways, engaging in a new kind of mythmaking. Along the road, we meet a fictionalized Muhammad Ali and a naked female twelfth-century activist poet, the Lord Chief Justice in charge of investigating the cause of London’s Great Fire of 1666 and a demoralized copywriter for a famous ride-sharing company, a quartet of very different teenaged daughters with problematic fathers and a fine collection of dead mothers (including a very stubborn and flirtatious ghost) alongside a couple of beautifully drawn, remarkably resilient living ones, and more. It is at once very much an issue for our moment, and somehow timeless.

With new stories by Jeffery Renard Allen, Jamel Brinkley, Mala Gaonkar, Anita Lo, Yasmin Adele Majeed, Emily Mitchell, and Max Ross, this is one you don't want to miss. Cover art by Aaron Morse.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1991, Number 1
  • Latest Issue: Volume 26, Issue 78, Summer 2023
  • Issue Count: 78
  • Page Count: 10,303