PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 (Pre-Order)
The essential annual guide to the newest voices in short fiction
On Sale August 20, 2019 • ISBN 9781948226349
Pre-orders will ship August 1, 2019
Every year, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories celebrates twelve outstanding stories by today’s most promising new fiction writers and the literary magazines that discovered them. Selections for the third volume of the anthology will be made by three judges, Danielle Evans, Alice Sola Kim, and Carmen Maria Machado. Each story comes with commentary by the editors who first published it, explaining what made them pick it out of the submission pile and why they were moved to share it with readers.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Danielle Evans is the author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for a Debut Short Story Collection, the winner of the 2011 Paterson Fiction Prize and the 2011 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction, and an honorable mention for the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Alice Sola Kim is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, McSweeney's, BuzzFeed, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for a Debut Short Story Collection, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. She is the writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.