Exploring the art of fiction


2019 Nominations


For the 2019 Best of the Net

This anthology promotes the diverse and ever-growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online and serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium.

Ricochet” by Paul Crenshaw

The Shape of Skin” by Kristina Jipson


For the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes 12 emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers.

Each of the 12 winning writers receives a cash prize of $2,000. The independent book publisher Catapult will publish the 12 winning stories in an annual anthology entitled The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories.

There Is in This Dirty Night a Running Chase Off and Away” by Jim Bosiljevac

Lasso” by Essie J. Chambers

The Provider” by Anne C. English

Winters” by Marilyn Hope


For the Best Microfiction 2020

The Best Microfiction anthology series considers stories of only 400 words or fewer. Co-edited by award-winning microfiction writer/editor Meg Pokrass, and Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author Gary Fincke, the anthology will have Michael Martone serve as final judge.

After Dinner” by Jacqueline Doyle


So many more nominations to come!