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Summer Writing Workshops
We offer award-winning online courses for all levels of writers. Classes are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and begin the week of July 16. Enrollment is strictly limited to sixteen students, so register now.

All-Story Wins the 2018 NMA!
Zoetrope: All-Story has won the 2018 National Magazine Award for Fiction (renamed this year the ASME Award for Fiction), the highest honor due an American periodical, marking our second straight win and our third such accolade in five years. The judges distinguished the following stories: "The Tornado Auction" by Karen Russell, "Proof" by Elizabeth McCracken, and "The Full Middle of Zero" by Onyinye Ihezukwu. We congratulate Karen, Elizabeth, Onyinye, and all of our contributors on another year of unparalleled work.

A Design Honor
Zoetrope: All-Story has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Brno Biennale of Graphic Design, to be held May 10 to August 26 in the Czech city of Brno. Established in 1963, it’s among the oldest and most prestigious exhibitions of visual culture worldwide.

An Operatic Adaptation
On January 19 at the Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera premiered a new work, Proving Up, closely adapted from Karen Russell's story "The Hox River Window," which debuted in our Fall 2011 edition and went on to win the 2012 National Magazine Award for Fiction. Critical reaction has been rhapsodic.

Short Fiction Competition Results
Thanks to all who entered. We received some tremendous work and are grateful for the introduction to your writing. From more than two thousand submissions, guest judge Maile Meloy has awarded the prizes.


Zoetrope: Live Story is a series of dramatic readings of stories from the magazine hosted in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Watch this page for information on upcoming readings.

'O Logos
by T. E. Holt
Performed by Robert Parsons and Elia MacDougall

Attention, Passengers
by Len Kruger
Performed by Anthony Fusco

The Cavemen in the Hedges
by Stacey Richter
Performed by Scott Openshaw

by Ivan Klíma
Performed by Jack Gilpin

Inside Information
by Nicola Barker
Performed by Lorri Holt

Making Book
by Dale Peck
Performed by Damon Seawell

Mortality Check
by Philip Gourevitch
Performed by Peter McRobbie

The Shark Swimmers
by Melissa Fraterrigo
Performed by Jake Suffian

Step Men
by Lucia Nevai
Performed by Kathryn Grody

Thinning the Herd
by Peter Lefcourt
Performed by Steven Maler

What the Butler Said
by Javier Marías
Performed by Angel David and Nick Toren


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