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
Seeing Diane Arbus
As a special online supplement to the Winter 2016/2017 issue, the editors present the prizewinning story from the 2016 Zoetrope: All–Story Short Fiction Competition, as judged by Anthony Marra.
Back then, as I began to suffer more and more from bouts of inexplicable insomnia, I often found myself sitting at three or four in the morning in the corner booth of a Hell’s Kitchen dive bar just above the subway line on Eighth, hoping that I couldn’t be seen. It wasn’t that the staff let me stay past closing, it was that they weren’t used to looking for a woman who was hardly tall enough to see over the table.
This wasn’t the kind of bar for meeting friends—you went there so you wouldn’t have to meet anyone at all. The way the patrons bowed their heads when a new person walked in, you’d think it was a church. The glasses were stained with layers of old lipstick . . .