PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 (Pre-Order)

$ 26.00

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.


DANIELLE EVANS is the author of the story collection 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, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree for 2011, 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. It was named one of the best books of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and O, The Oprah Magazine, and long-listed for The Story Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, The Sewanee Review, and Phoebe, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and in New Stories from the South. She has taught creative writing at American University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and now teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


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. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, VQR, McSweeney's, The Believer, Guernica, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She is the writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.