Exploring the art of prose



2018 Nominations

December 11, 2018

The CRAFT team of readers and editors is so delighted to share our 2018 nominations with you! For the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers: “Watershed” by Jack Noland The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging…

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CRAFT Talks and Elements

August 30, 2018

Since we launched in October 2017, CRAFT has published quite a number of CRAFT Talks and CRAFT Elements on different topics. We’ve gathered them together here. Take some time this holiday weekend to read up on craft, as you prepare…

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CRAFT Fiction

July 4, 2018

Since we launched in October, CRAFT has published 23 stories. Take a reading break this holiday week and enjoy some wonderful short fiction. Be sure to read the Author’s Note that accompanies each of the stories: each writer considers an…

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Short Story Month: Our Recommendations

May 31, 2018

Every day this month on Twitter, in celebration of Short Story Month, we’ve recommended a great short story to read. (Almost) all the stories we’ve selected are available online. Enjoy! It’s Short Story Month! 🎉🎉 Every day this month, we’ll…

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William Trevor

May 15, 2018

William Trevor’s final story collection, appropriately entitled Last Stories, is published today by Viking. A number of these stories appeared originally in The New Yorker, and it’s nice to see them collected here, along with other, new stories. It’s a…

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The Muse & the Marketplace

April 19, 2018

The Muse and the Marketplace is a conference run by Grub Street, Boston’s premiere writing organization. Featuring keynote speeches, seminars on craft, pedagogy, and the business of publishing, and opportunities to meet with agents and editors, this conference is held…

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Author’s Notes

March 23, 2018

A note from the author accompanies each of the stories we publish. We ask the author to write something—anything—about the craft in their story. We love these Author’s Notes, as they shed an important light on each story. Every time…

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AWP 2018

March 14, 2018

Another AWP has come and gone. This time we got palm trees, warmer weather for many, and late arrivals from the New York crowd, as a Nor’easter hit just as planes were scheduled to leave. Some committed New York writers…

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March 5, 2018

If you’re heading to AWP, please stop by and say hello! We’ll be at Table 1219, along with drDOCTOR and Triangle House. Are you staring at that AWP schedule, not sure where to begin? Quite a few of our authors…

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Opening Lines

March 2, 2018

The start to a story is so important. It’s what draws the reader in, it’s what sets the stage for everything to come. When we read stories (and especially when we read submissions!), an arresting first line can capture our…

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