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...
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Winter 2020/2021 edition, designed by the acclaimed artist Deborah Roberts, with contributions from National Book Award finalists Elizabeth McCracken and Jim Shepard, among others.
Many thanks to all who entered the 2020 Short Fiction Competition. We appreciate the opportunity to read such bright and brilliant new work. From more than 2,200 submissions, guest judge Téa Obreht has announced results.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
My connection to “Natasha” stretches back nearly two decades. I wrote the original story, adapted it into a screenplay, and subsequently directed the film. I had achieved very little as a writer before I wrote “Natasha,” and I have at times wondered what my life would be like if I hadn’t written that story. It feels odd to invest so much significance in a single work, and a short one at that, but it was this manuscript, in draft form, that caught the attention of my first book editor. As it transpired, I chart the beginning of my mature life, as a man and as an artist, with the writing of “Natasha.”
To give a sense of the gestation of the film—and to remind myself of what it all entailed—I returned to my journals to see what I’d recorded in connection to the story: the initial anecdote that inspired it, the conception of the form of the narrative, the decision . . .