The New Generation of Classic Short Stories
TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION COMPETITION
Many thanks to all who entered the 2018 Short Fiction Competition. We appreciate the opportunity to read your work.
From nearly two thousand submissions, guest judge Colum McCann honored the following stories.
“The Teeth” surprised me on first read, and then on second, and on third it surprised me again: this is what good literature does. It's magical, and it’s haunting, and it’s just the right side of weird. It’s also beautifully, beautifully written, with some of the finest images I have come across in ages. A portrait of madness and loneliness and voyeurism that will stay with me, now, forever.
“My Mother Is a Lunar Crater” is a classic story—beautifully crafted, smart, engaging, and shot through with depth and nuance. It does what the best stories do: it gives us imaginative access to a human moment, and a time that might otherwise pass us by.
“Further West” sets the tone from the very first sentence, seeming to exist—apart from a few modern details—outside of time. That’s part of the charm: the story endures in a sort of everywhere. It’s colloquial and hard-hitting, but shards of sharp humor illuminate its edges. It’s wonderful.
First prize is $1,000; second prize, $500; and third prize, $250. The prizewinners and honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
The 2019 Short Fiction Competition opens July 1; for details, please visit the website this summer. And should you wish to receive updates by email, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks once more, and all good wishes for your work,