The 2021 Short Fiction Competition closed for entries October 1. Guest judge and finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Daniel Mason will award the first prize of $1,000; the second prize of $500; and the third prize of $250; and the three prizewinners and seven 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.
T. C. Boyle
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Fall 2021 edition, designed by the acclaimed musician, actor, and visual artist Tunde Adebimpe, with contributions from PEN/Faulkner Award winner T. C. Boyle, MacArthur Fellow Yiyun Li, and Booker Prize finalist David Means, among others.
Why did you accept the invitation to design the Fall 2021 edition of All-Story?
I’m a big fan of the publication and was really honored to be asked. I had spent a lot of the pandemic drawing and painting, just to draw and paint more, so I was in that mindset when the opportunity came up. I also hadn’t made anything to be printed in a book or art-book format for a long while and was excited to have a venue for all these new images.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
A Note on the Design
For many years playing music on the road was great cover for me to shoot photos. I loved touring, but it was an endless grind, a great life destabilizer, and a preventer of healthy relationships. Still, realizing I could steal those endless hurry-up-and-wait hours and convert them into exposed 35mm film—that was a major draw, and the only reason I could have possibly ended up in Perth or Osaka or Ljubljana with plenty of downtime was because of the wonderfully inefficient superstructure of a rock tour.
I started out with a loaner Pentax K1000 with a 28mm lens. That almost-wide-angle is what got me hooked: the odd focal length introduced all kinds of unpredictable effects, from endless lens flares and light leaks to perspective distortions. I’m an analog-tape obsessive, so the decision to shoot film was unconscious. But I soon came to love those little rolled-up . . .