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American Short Fiction's Long To-Do List
Contests, classes, and Ben Marcus at BookPeople
DAILY Books  January 5, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...American Short Fiction editor Jill Meyers recently dropped us a line about what's happening in ASF's near future, and goodness, it's a full slate...."

Get Your Hot, Fresh Short Fiction Right Here
American Short Fiction hits newsstands
DAILY Books  May 12, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Looking for a short fiction fix? Look no further than the aptly titled American Short Fiction , with a fresh issue on stands now...."

James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction
“I want to leave all of you with a weird, strange, utterly pervasive sense of the bad juju ramifications extending beyond the last page of my books,” says Ellroy as...
Film Review  July 24, 1998, by Marc Savlov

Follow That Fiction
American Short Fiction launches a new issue and a new craft series
DAILY Books  August 4, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Many a writer will swear by the effectiveness of a nice glass of vino in loosing the creative juices, which makes House Wine the perfect venue for American Short Fiction's upcoming craft talk...."

Face to Face With Fiction
Five notable authors come to New Fiction Confab
Books Story  April 12, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...Pop stars and plane crashes, cultists and zombies: If these are a few of your favorite things, you're in luck. This weekend, the fourth annual New Fiction Confab is bringing a quintet of contemporary authors to town whose recent works include all of the above and more...."

15th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
The winners, the judges, and the reasons why
Books Story  February 9, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...It's not just someone's opinion or tip or belief or complaint. It's someone's creation, and chances are that they consider writing fiction their craft, or at least a diversion from their daily nonfiction...."

The One About Erotic 'Harry Potter' Fan Fiction
Filmmaker Clay Liford on fan fiction from '50 Shades' to 'Star Trek'
DAILY Screens  September 21, 2013, by Clay Liford
"...My name is Clay, and my short film at Fantastic Fest this year is the one about erotic Harry Potter fan fiction...."

The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
The lowdown on the 2017 submissions, judges, 10 finalists, and the prize-winning stories
Arts Story  June 8, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...In a large number of this year's entries, including the 10 finalists, characters experienced the loss of someone close or could see such a loss coming and were caught up in the process of grieving. In life, the void at the heart of that process can make feelings difficult to articulate, but in fiction, words can be found to describe the pain and turmoil inside, and we readers can understand what it means to endure the death of a sister who drove you crazy when she was alive, a parent when you yourself are still a child, a lover who doesn't speak your language...."

Fantastic Fest Tells Tales of the Long and the Short and the Tall
Short film selection from Austin to Estonia, animation to sushi
DAILY Screens  September 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...From bloodstained shockers to impressionistic art adaptations, shorts are a big part of the weirdness and wonder of Austin's celebration of alternative and genre fiction. After all, it's where a lot of film makers cut their teeth..."

The Big Short
The financial meltdown of 2008 is treated with terrific comic spin
Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...For starters, if you’re going to take a deep dive into the credit fiasco, it’s a wise choice indeed to cast movie stars like Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, who ably harness their considerable charisma to explain collateralized debt obligation to the popcorn-munching masses. (A host of less famous but top-notch character actors deepen the bench.) Adapting with Charles Randolph the nonfiction bestseller by Michael Lewis, McKay is all sleight of hand, using a zippy pace and regular punchlines to make more palatable the befuddling specifics of the banking crisis..."

13th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
The theme wasn't "stripper girlfriends and homo love," as one judge speculated (there was no theme), but gender, class, and orientation were more deeply considerable issues among this year's finalists than ever before. Here's a look inside the process.
Books Story  February 18, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...its deromanticized understanding of motherhood ... using the power of fiction to present actually a more nuanced picture, precisely to challenge what most people think of as the positions of the debate."..."

Rob Thomas' Unlikely Route to Young Adult Fiction
'Veronica Mars' creator dishes on teens, fans, and the movie
DAILY Books  September 26, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...RT: Right. I didn't have a real good conception of what the boundaries of young adult fiction were..."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Water wars
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...When the near-future eco-drama The Well screens at the Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival, it will be a homecoming of sorts. After all, if it wasn't for Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock would never have made their debut feature..."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  October 17, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A number of special screenings are also set for the coming week. Rose X Media House (producer of Alien Dreamtime) presents its new science fiction feature work in progress, Strange Attractor at two weekend screenings at the Dobie: Saturday, Oct..."

17th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
From 500 hopefuls to five winning short stories
Books Story  February 13, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...I then read about 100 of the top vote-getters and narrowed the field to 10 finalists, at which point I learned the names of the authors and contacted each to congratulate him or her on what I count as no mean feat. At this point, I removed myself from the decision-making process – it was now up to our team of judges: Bonnie Brzozowski, Rebecca Beegle, Doug Dorst, and last year's contest winner, Greg Koehler (who, in addition to being a poet and fiction writer, is the possessor of a law degree – hell of a backup plan there, Greg)...."

Short Third-Degree Sessions
Jesse Sublett gets personal with four of Bouchercon 2002's featured authors.
Books Story  October 18, 2002, by Jesse Sublett
"...JCB: Whether you're a participating writer or just a reader who loves crime fiction, you can't do better than the Bouchercon for enjoying yourself with a horde of others of your ilk. It's a moveable feast of social and literary pleasures, and I'm delighted that the feast has come to Austin.Bill FitzhughAustin Chronicle: Pest Control, your first novel, is one of the best comic crime novels I've ever read...."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  July 8, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Some of you, I know, are waiting impatiently for the Austin opening of The Blair Witch Project on July 16. If you just can't wait another week for this smartly done spook story, you might consider tuning in to the Science Fiction Channel special called The Curse of the Blair Witch..."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  November 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film by Eric Saks is a pseudo-documentary diary of an outlaw toxic waste dumper. Daniel describes the film as blurring "fact and fiction to create a haunting psychological landscape made poisonous by decades of dirty deeds -- truly creepy"......"

All the Ladies in the House
Texas authors Sarah Bird and Diane Wilson win Dobie Paisano fellowships
DAILY Books  May 15, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Jesse Jones Fellowship, earmarked for up-and-comers, went to activist and author Diane Wilson, who most recently published the memoir Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus; fiction writers Ana Marcela Fuentes and Stacey Swann (also the American Short Fiction editor) were runners-up for the prize...."

Write of Passage
As Austin upstart Badgerdog Literary Publishing prepares to relaunch 'American Short Fiction,' it's preparing high-needs students to express themselves on the printed page
Books Story  May 13, 2005, by Nora Ankrum
"...In 2003, Melanie Moore bought a defunct publication with plans of reviving it to its former glory. It was the beginning of her crusade to repopulate the world with those brilliant but often short-lived and rarely solvent vertebrae that make up the backbone of the fiction writer's career: the literary journal..."

And Then Some
The Best American Short Stories of the Century
Books Story  June 24, 1999
"...On the other hand, Nabokov's "That in Aleppo Once ... " compresses a moving love story as well as a vivid picture of the horrifying exodus from central Europe during WWII inside a metafictional framework that is fashioned out of a letter sent by the story's narrator to V., asking him not to write a story about what he tells him..."

Full Hearts Can't Lose
The 21st annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Honorable Mention: "See You Tomorrow" Josh Magnuson is a writer and an IT manager living in Austin with his beautiful wife, brand new baby girl, and two exceptional boys. His work has been published in American Short Fiction and dirt...."

A Perfect Day for Talking About Bananafish
Austin's hip lit gathers to pay tribute to J.D. Salinger
DAILY Books  February 16, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Salinger's unpublished correspondence. (Seriously, is there anybody the HRC doesn't have a file on?) The hoi polloi will get to hear excerpts from these letters and more at an upcoming tribute presented by the HRC and American Short Fiction...."

ASF Celebrates Its Fall Issue With a Free and Cozy-Sounding Event
American Short Fiction will host a house party with reading and music Friday night
DAILY Books  September 17, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The cover of the new American Short Fiction is swathed in a budded tree and autumnal colors – a tease of the season to come. Sure, it's still too soon for sweater weather, but we'd like to think of the ASF's outdoor reading tomorrow night, in celebration of their Fall issue, as unofficial kickoff to the season...."

The Writing's Not on the Wall Yet
Austin's print culture gets a boost from a new batch of indie presses and literary magazines
Arts Story  December 14, 2012, by Amy Gentry
"...As books and magazines increasingly take the shape of ones and zeros, literature is becoming a ghost in the machine – the Kindle, to be precise. With BookPeople now carrying e-readers, smaller local independent bookstores like Domy and BookWoman struggling, and Austin's flagship literary journal, American Short Fiction, on hold due to financial problems, it's no wonder that a symposium on "The Fate of the Book" drew big crowds to the Harry Ransom Center this fall...."

Safety in Words
If there is drama in Laura Furman's stories, Robin Bradford writes, it is not usually the life and death kind. It is the daily, wearing, ineffable drama of living as a human island among others who invariably seem more attractive, more connected, or simply more "normal."
Books Story  April 20, 2001, by Robin Bradford
"...In her new collection Drinking With the Cook, Furman gathers together a baker's dozen of her most recent stories along with others that have been gestating for some 30 years. An associate professor in UT's famous James Michener-funded graduate writing program, Laura Furman has been publishing fiction since 1976..."

Michener Center Director Named
Author Bret Anthony Johnston to head UT center for writers
DAILY Arts  July 12, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...While two decades have passed since Johnston obtained his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and embarked on his literary adventures out of state, in truth, the writer has never been far from Texas. Most of Johnston's fiction takes place here, and the Corpus Christi native draws on the geography and character of the Gulf Coast like an offshore rig pulling up oil from the seabed..."

Reading to Celebrate All Year
Writers highlighted on the last day of Black History Month
DAILY Books  February 28, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...The Good Lord Bird by James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award in fiction. McBride also penned the acclaimed The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Miracle at St..."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Meth Storm: Arkansas USA D: Craig Renaud, Brent Renaud With unparalleled access on both sides of the law, METH STORM: Arkansas USA is a thrilling non-fiction cops and robbers drama told from inside the American drug war. (World Premiere)..."

Unfinished Business
The 23rd annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
Arts Story  February 26, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...HONORABLE MENTION: "It Falls Gently All Around" Ramona Reeves has short fiction forthcoming in The Southampton Review, Steel Toe Review, and Gris-Gris: An Online Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Marg Chandler Fellowship from A Room of Her Own..."

Country of Exiles?
Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life
Books Review  July 8, 1999
"...With the likes of Carl Hiassen, James Hall, Laurence Shames, and a passel of others shooting it out regularly in the same mosquito-clogged marshes and sunny beaches once ruled by John D. MacDonald and Charles Willeford, the Florida crime fiction field has seemed somewhat dangerously overfished in recent years..."

A Whole Lotta Lit to Hit
Texas Book Festival's 2015 Lit Crawl is as huge as the state
DAILY Arts  October 14, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...American Short Fiction presents Whose Line Is It, Anyway? 8:30-9:15pm, Wonderland, 1104 E. Sixth Authors Lauren Groff, Skip Horack, Alexandra Kleeman, Benjamin Markovits, and Elizabeth McCracken are put on the spot trying to identify which lines from recent writings are actually theirs...."

A Strange Object in the Fourth Dimension
Tesseract marries literature, film, music, and interactivity
Arts Story  June 14, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...Local literary magazines and independent presses like Foxing Quarterly and Write Bloody Publishing have shown a remarkable attention to Austin's richly textured artistic world, hosting events that incorporate music, performance, and visual arts into their celebration of the written word. On June 20, A Strange Object, the small press headed up by former American Short Fiction editors Jill Meyers and Callie Collins, will add to that movement a highly curated quarterly reading series called Tesseract...."

The Winners
The winners of the 12th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 13, 2004
"...He enjoys traveling internationally and once made his way from Turkey to Hong Kong using only trains and buses. His Eighties B-boy skills have long been atrophied.Second Place: Garth Mueller, "Red, White, and Blue" A transplanted Texan, Garth Mueller lives in Los Angeles where he writes screenplays, short fiction, and the occasional Petrarchan sonnet..."

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
Arts Story  April 27, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...The NEA has been threatened with elimination before, but to those whose funding is at stake, this time feels different. The editors of American Short Fiction, an acclaimed literary magazine based in Austin, feel particularly unsettled as they await news on their recent grant proposal to the NEA..."

Thinking Outside the Box With Books
Lit Crawl comes to Austin
DAILY Books  August 4, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...But, he says, TBF organizers have been eager to expand the fest's base and to explore more parts of town and more nontraditional venues. Partnering with the Austin-based literary magazine American Short Fiction, they plan to do just that with Lit Crawl, which pairs those nontraditional venues with, shall we say, hipper, more younger-skewing authors...."

Best Books of 2006
Books Story  January 5, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...Fiction: Kornwolf (Grove/Atlantic), Tristan Egolf; St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Knopf), Karen Russell; Only Revolutions (Pantheon), Mark Z..."

Books We Love and a Few Books We Don't
Books Story  January 7, 2000
"...On a sad note, Story magazine, which quarterly published some of the liveliest and most exciting voices in American short fiction (including Englander), published its last issue this winter; its demise is a huge loss to short story writers and readers, especially during a time when outlets for such work are decreasing. Let's face it: Most writers don't receive the attention that has been showered on Englander and Bank, and so many are simply happy to have a story get published anywhere..."

East Austin Studio Tour
The city's autumn marathon of art covers work by some 300 artists in 175 venues
Arts Story  November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires and Wayne Alan Brenner
"...American Short Fiction Fall Launch Party..."

Mathilda Savitch: A Novel
In Mathilda Savitch's best stretches, it is a marvel of observational acuity and lyrical phrasing
Books Review  October 23, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...In many ways, Mathilda is a child putting on like she's an adult, and Lodato, a poet and playwright in his fiction debut, creates in her an unforgettable voice. His Mathilda is an acerbic wit, yet is capable of great rushes of compassion; she is plainspoken, but given to the most lovely, left-field reflections..."

Horton Foote remembered; Stacey Swann's swan song; and Elmer Kelton rides into the sunset
DAILY Books  August 26, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The new issue of American Short Fiction includes an especially long editor's note, in which editor Stacey Swann says goodbye after three and a half years helming the locally produced lit mag. Swann, a recent runner-up for the Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship, is stepping down in order to "return to [her] fiction with a renewed concentration"; she'll stay in the ASF family as Contributing Edtior..."

On the Funding Front
Eleven area artists and cultural organizations earn support for 2011 projects
Arts Story  January 14, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Badgerdog Literary Publishing: $20,000 to support the publication, promotion, and distribution of the quarterly journal American Short Fiction;..."

Austin Arts Groups
A dozen culture providers have been very nice, according to the NEA
Arts Story  December 25, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Badgerdog Literary Publishing Inc.: $20,000 to support the publication, promotion, and distribution of the quarterly journal American Short Fiction and the publication of short stories exclusively on its website;..."

Pimp That Kindle, and Other Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Gifting books and their accessories
DAILY Books  November 24, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Better yet, go local: For $30, you can order someone four issues of Austin-based literary magazine American Short Fiction – and that's a guaranteed four times a year that your gift recipient will be reminded you once did them a kindness...."

When Creative Types Combine Powers
Monofonus Press' multimedia ambitions
Books Story  June 13, 2008, by Audra Schroeder
"...The idea for Monofonus came to Coy after he worked for local literary magazine American Short Fiction last year and was inspired by reading both the good and bad stuff. He relates that artists and authors tend to fall into Monofonus' orbit more often than they have to seek them out..."

Books Column  November 14, 1997, by Clay Smith
"...In other UT book events, the Texas Center for Writers hosts Aryeh Lev Stollman discussing his recently published first novel, The Far Euphrates, on Thursday, November 20 at 2pm at the HRHRC's Tom Lea Room on the third floor. Stollman has published stories in The Yale Review, American Short Fiction, and Story..."

Changes in the Local Lit Landscape
Clay Smith departs Texas Book Festival, APLFF adopts Badgerdog
DAILY Books  November 1, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Smith's departure wasn't the only shakeup this week in the local lit landscape: The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation announced today that it has acquired Badgerdog's education programs. Previously, Badgerdog Literary Publishing Inc.'s board of directors suspended publication of long-running literary magazine American Short Fiction, and an Aug..."

Ben Marcus at BookPeople
He reads from The Flame Alphabet Tuesday night
DAILY Books  January 23, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Marcus will appear Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7pm, at BookPeople, for the first in a new collaborative series by BookPeople and American Short Fiction...."

The Judges
Books Story  February 4, 2011
"...Amelia Gray is the author of AM/PM (Featherproof Books) and Museum of the Weird (FC2). Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, and Caketrain, among others..."

Get Lit
ND at 501 Studios hosts three days of (mostly) free readings
DAILY Books  December 9, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...IH-35) will play host to some of Austin's favorite regular reading series, including Friday night's The Encyclopedia Show (in which the Chronicle's own Audra Schroeder will drop some knowledge alongside other writers and performers) and Saturday night's Teleportal Reading (from the fine folks at Monofonus Press). Sunday promises a nine-hour free fair with tables from American Short Fiction, Bat City Review, BookWoman, Domy Books, Effing Press, and Monofonus, plus readings sprinkled liberally throughout...."

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