Looking for a short fiction fix? Look no further than the aptly titled American Short Fiction
, with a fresh issue on stands now.
The locally produced, nationally recognized magazine, which was founded in 1991 by current O'Henry Prize editor Laura Furman
, went dormant in 1998, but it was revived in 2006 by local nonprofit Badgerdog Literary Publishing
. Back with a bullet: The new issue, with a gorgeous Don Quixote cover, includes five new pieces, including an excerpt from UT prof Scott Blackwood
's forthcoming novel We Agreed to Meet Just Here
, which won the 2007 Associated Writing Programs Prize for Novel. (Call it his Austin swan song: After 23 years here, Scott leaves us this fall to be the Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Chicago's Roosevelt University.)
We haven't had a chance to do much more than the thumb through the covers, but ASF Managing Editor Jill Meyers
is especially keen on Ethan Rutherford's "The Peripatetic Coffin"
; she calls it "a darkly funny piece about a young man who, after learning his girlfriend is likely headed to prison, finds consolation in charm school." Did we mention it's set on a Civil War-era submarine?
The Spring/Summer issue of American Short Fiction
is available now at BookPeople and other fine book-type establishments.