The Short Fiction Competition is open for entries! The judge is the dazzling Tommy Orange, whose debut novel, There There, won the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was among the most acclaimed books of the year.
NEWS & EVENTS
Three stories from our 2018 catalog have been selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2019 anthology
FROM THE ARCHIVE
Notes on Design
In the house where my wife and I live there is a small room. It is very narrow, with a single window. There is nothing in it. A couple of years ago, by chance I looked inside and saw arranged in the window a pair of little brass pissing-boys I had brought back from Brussels for my twins—one who has since died—and two large, red flowers in a green bottle.
It appeared to have no purpose as the door was always shut and the room was never used. I took a photo of it with my Polaroid app and thought no more about it. I looked again the following week, and the arrangement had changed; there were two ornamental pineapples and two different bottles holding purple flowers.
I took another photo and said nothing to my wife. A week later two identical bottles were added, and the pineapples disappeared. A week later it changed again. This tending of the window has been going on for more than two years now and continues to this day—the arrangements . . .