American Fiction, Vol. 11

Excerpt from “Stickmen,” winner of the American Fiction Award, Volume 11:


He said, “One day you’re going to look around, wondering what to do and how to do it. You’re going to try to measure yourself in this world. You’ll try to avoid dumb things, and you’re going to wonder why I didn’t tell you how. Truth is, I got nothing to tell you. Look at me. I’m walking backwards.”


"The one anthology that deliberately and exclusively sets out to find the best unpublished stories by 'emerging' writers."
—Tobias Wolff, previous judge

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