Zoetrope: All-Story is a finalist for the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for the stories “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall and “24, Alhaji Williams Street” by ’Pemi Aguda...
Frances de Pontes Peebles
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Fall 2020 edition, designed by the acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, with contributions from Frances de Pontes Peebles, Patrick Dacey, and Daniel Orozco.
The Short Fiction Competition is open for entries! Guest judge Téa Obreht will award the prizes, and the deadline is October 13. We’d be thrilled for the introduction to your work, so enter now!
FROM THE ARCHIVE
O Despot! My Despot!
I listen from my room below, as my despot weeps in his above.
But what can I do for him? He does not respond well to leaving his comforts. Yet leave he must, or else be forced out, along with myself and the few loyal nationalists who remain in the Great House, who keep guard and order, though I suspect even these proud men and women will in short time dismiss their fidelity and make themselves subjects of documentaries, like so many before them, reclaiming their love of country in the face of our great despot’s fall from grace.
In the morning, he will address the nation one last time, and it has been my job these past few months to prepare him for this address. This, he’s been told, will be his best chance to revive his legacy, to prove that he is healthy and fit, and leaving of his own volition.
Oh, how did we get . . .