Exploring the art of prose


Author: CRAFT

Interview: Deesha Philyaw

Image is the book cover for THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES by Deesha Philyaw; title card for the new interview with Courtney Harler.

  Deesha Philyaw, acclaimed author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, is graciously serving as our guest judge for the CRAFT 2024 Short Fiction Prize. In this interview conducted over email, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler asks Deesha to…

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Interview: Agata Izabela Brewer

Image is the book cover for THE HUNGER BOOK by Agata Izabela Brewer; title card for the new interview with Jodie Sadowsky.

  In The Hunger Book: A Memoir from Communist Poland, Agata Izabela Brewer probes potent memories and delicacies from her Polish childhood in a home of maternal neglect and alcohol abuse. Expertly written and researched, with historical threads of Communism…

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Interview: Debra Spark

Image is the book cover for DISCIPLINE by Debra Spark; title card for the new interview with Melissa Benton Barker.

  Debra Spark’s new novel, Discipline, spans decades and a diverse cast of characters, from art-world insiders to houseless teenagers. While, on the surface, the novel is a literary mystery about a missing trio of valuable paintings, Spark also compels…

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Interview: Hanna Pylväinen

Image is the book cover for THE END OF DRUM-TIME by Hanna Pylväinen; title card for the new interview with Courtney Harler.

  In celebration of the inaugural Novelette Print Prize, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler corresponded via email with Guest Judge Hanna Pylväinen, author of The End of Drum-Time. In the resulting interview below, they discuss choosing point of view, honoring…

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Interview: Janet Goldberg

Image is the book cover for THE PROPRIETOR'S SONG by Janet Goldberg; title card for the new interview with Joanne Furio.

  At her Berkeley kitchen table, Janet Goldberg runs her finger over mapped roads in the Sierras that lead to a region she has hiked for decades, terrain that forms the backdrop of her debut novel, The Proprietor’s Song. The…

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CRAFT @ AWP24 in MCI Headed to Kansas City in February for AWP? Many friends of CRAFT will be presenting and participating. Be sure to add the events below to your calendar! Email contact@craftliterary.com with inquiries! PocketMFA, Partner Table #T1718…

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Interview: Laura Spence-Ash

Image is the book cover for BEYOND THAT, THE SEA by Laura Spence-Ash; title card for the new interview with CRAFT Editor in Chief Courtney Harler.

  In this new interview, Editor in Chief Courtney Harler corresponds with Laura Spence-Ash, author of one of this year’s most-anticipated debut novels, Beyond That, the Sea. Spence-Ash is also a former editor and cofounder of CRAFT, and we’re thrilled…

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The Ghost of Amy Winehouse by Clara Otto

Image is a color photograph of red wine on a tree stump in the middle of a field; title card for the fiction story "The Ghost of Amy Winehouse" by Clara Otto.

  Content Warnings—alcohol overdose, death   Welcome to the Grocery Supreme Aptitude Test™. This test is divided into the following five sections: Commuting and Tardiness, Opening Duties, Product Management, Customer Service, and Long Answer Questions. A few important notes: You…

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2023 Nominations

  Each year we are privileged to be able to nominate work for anthologies and awards including Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers (Best Debut Short Stories), and…

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