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
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 . . .