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Short Fiction Competition
The competition closed for entries October 8. Guest judge Colum McCann will award the top prizes December 15. Many thanks to all who entered; we're supremely grateful for the introduction to your work. The 2019 competition opens July 1.

All-Story Wins the 2018 NMA!
Zoetrope: All-Story has won the 2018 National Magazine Award for Fiction (renamed this year the ASME Award for Fiction), the highest honor due an American periodical, marking our second straight win and our third such accolade in five years. The judges distinguished the following stories: "The Tornado Auction" by Karen Russell, "Proof" by Elizabeth McCracken, and "The Full Middle of Zero" by Onyinye Ihezukwu. We congratulate Karen, Elizabeth, Onyinye, and all of our contributors on another year of unparalleled work.

A Design Honor
Zoetrope: All-Story has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Brno Biennale of Graphic Design, to be held May 10 to August 26 in the Czech city of Brno. Established in 1963, it’s among the oldest and most prestigious exhibitions of visual culture worldwide.

An Operatic Adaptation
On January 19 at the Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera premiered a new work, Proving Up, closely adapted from Karen Russell's story "The Hox River Window," which debuted in our Fall 2011 edition and went on to win the 2012 National Magazine Award for Fiction. Critical reaction has been rhapsodic.


Zoetrope: Live Story is a series of dramatic readings of stories from the magazine hosted in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Watch this page for information on upcoming readings.

'O Logos
by T. E. Holt
Performed by Robert Parsons and Elia MacDougall

Attention, Passengers
by Len Kruger
Performed by Anthony Fusco

The Cavemen in the Hedges
by Stacey Richter
Performed by Scott Openshaw

by Ivan Klíma
Performed by Jack Gilpin

Making Book
by Dale Peck
Performed by Damon Seawell

The Shark Swimmers
by Melissa Fraterrigo
Performed by Jake Suffian

Thinning the Herd
by Peter Lefcourt
Performed by Steven Maler