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...
Uzma Aslam Khan
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Winter 2019/2020 edition, designed by the artist and legendary skater Mark Gonzales, with contributions from Man Booker Prize finalist David Means and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Thomas Pierce, among others.
Guest judge Tommy Orange has announced results of the 2019 Short Fiction Competition! Many thanks to all who entered. We’re grateful for the introduction to your work.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
All Gold Canyon
It was the green heart of the canyon, where the walls swerved back from the rigid plan and relieved their harshness of line by making a little sheltered nook and filling it to the brim with sweetness and roundness and softness. Here all things rested. Even the narrow stream ceased its turbulent down-rush long enough to form a quiet pool. Knee-deep in the water, with drooping head and half-shut eyes, drowsed a red-coated, many-antlered buck.
On one side, beginning at the very lip of the pool, was a tiny meadow, a cool, resilient surface of green that extended to the base of the frowning wall. Beyond the pool, a gentle slope of earth ran up and up to meet the opposing wall. Fine grass covered the slope—grass that was spangled with flowers, with here and there patches of color, orange and purple and golden. Below, the canyon was shut in. There was no view. The walls leaned together abruptly, and the canyon ended in a chaos of rocks . . .