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...
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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
Uzma Aslam Khan
As a special online supplement to the Winter 2019/2020 issue, the editors present the prizewinning story from the 2019 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition, as judged by Tommy Orange.
Beach plums bloom in June and ripen in August. Yesterday, I found some in the sand and dropped them in a crooked blue bowl that my love, Ciaran, made when he was a child. This morning, in the kitchen, he slices one in half with a fillet knife. We each take a half and chew, waiting for the flavors to speak. “Salty,” he says at last, “in that other way.”
I think, in a multitude of tongues, Which other way?
Salty means “sexy” in Urdu, yet in a sense that does not translate into English. The word, numkeen, which sounds nothing like salty, is said only of a woman. It implies that he . . .