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.
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Summer 2021 edition, designed by the acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, with contributions from National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award honoree Thomas Pierce, Story Prize winner Ben Stroud, and filmmaker and producer Sara Driver, among others.
Why did you accept the invitation to design the Summer 2021 edition of All-Story?
I had been asked previously but was very busy at the time, so I was honored to be asked again. I had seen beautiful issues designed by a lot of people I admire and know—Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Autumn de Wilde, Julian Casablancas—and I was encouraged by how visually inspiring those issues were. I was happy to be able to design one, too.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
Two Beautiful Anachronisms
Like so many of us who have worked in visual/photographic forms, I’ve always loved Polaroids. Imagine, in the predigital world in which I evolved, the idea of near-instant, self-developing photographs, each a singular, original print! Fantastic. I still own my early 1970s automatic Model 350 Land Camera with collapsible bellows, and my sleek, silver and brown, perfectly designed SX-70—both of which can fold nearly flat to slip into a coat pocket or briefcase, both truly beautiful objects.
And then, of course, there’s that very distinct quality specific to Polaroid photographs—a slightly softened, slightly subdued, dreamlike thing. The color Polaroids are often on the cool side, a little desaturated, while the black-and-whites seem to have a contrast and liquidity I can’t quite describe.
I remember watching Robby Müller pulling the prints from his camera an . . .