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May is Short Story Month!

Happy Short Story Month 2014! Once again, we’ll be celebrating short stories all month here at Fiction Writers Review. This months we have interviews, reviews, and craft essays, as well as the return of our “Stories We Love” series: writers on the stories that inspire them—and why. So here’s to our sixth great May full of short fiction. We hope you’ll join us regularly throughout the next few weeks, and that you’ll help us spread the word. Thank you!


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Book-of-the-Week Winners: Liliane's Balcony

Last week’s feature was Kelcey Parker’s novellla, Liliane’s Balcony, and we’re pleased to announce the winners: Kim Triedman (@kimtriedman) Jill Hughes (@JillSHughes) Jean-Marie (@JeanMarieMaier) Congrats! To claim your free copy, please email us at the following address: winners [at] fictionwritersreview.com If you’d like to be eligible for future giveaways, please visit our Twitter Page and “follow” us! Thanks to all of you who are fans. We appreciate your support. Let us know your favorite new books out there!


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Book of the Week: Liliane’s Balcony, by Kelcey Parker

This week’s feature is Kelcey Parker’s new book, Liliane’s Balcony, which was published this fall by Rose Metal Press. Parker’s story collection, For Sale by Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Notre Dame Review, Bellingham Review, Santa Monica Review, Indiana Review, Third Coast, Redivider, Western Humanities Review, […]


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Book of the Week: Liliane's Balcony, by Kelcey Parker

This week’s feature is Kelcey Parker’s new book, Liliane’s Balcony, which was published this fall by Rose Metal Press. Parker’s story collection, For Sale by Owner (Kore Press), won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana in Fiction. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Notre Dame Review, Bellingham Review, Santa Monica Review, Indiana Review, Third Coast, Redivider, Western Humanities Review, […]


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Book of the Week: Gravesend, by William Boyle

This week’s feature is William Boyle‘s debut novel, Gravesend, which will be released next month by Broken River Books. Boyle’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Mississippi Noir (Akashic Books), L.A. Review of Books, Salon, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, The Rumpus, Hobart, and other magazines and journals. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi, where he now teaches. In the introduction to his recent interview with William Boyle, Alex Shakespeare describes Gravesend as a novel “firmly in the tradition of […]


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Book of the Week: Everything Happens As It Does

This week’s feature is Albena Stambolova’s new novel, Everything Happens As It Does, translated from the Bulgarian by Olga Nikolova. Stambolova’s novel, which was published this month by Open Letter Books, was the 2013 winner of the Contemporary Bulgarian Fiction Contest from Open Letter Books at the University or Rochester, a project that is supported by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. She is also the author of two other novels: Hop-Hop the Stars, and An Adventure, to Pass the Time. She has also published a collection of short stories, Three Dots, and a psychoanalytical study on Marguerite Duras, Sickness in Death. […]


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Book of the Week: The Hypothetical Girl, by Elizabeth Cohen

This week’s feature is Elizabeth Cohen’s story collection The Hypothetical Girl, which was published by Other Press. Cohen is the author of The Family on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Love and Courage (Random House, 2004), which chronicles Cohen’s life raising her young daughter and taking care of her father as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of numerous collections of poetry, including What the Trees Said (2013) and The Economist’s Daughter (2011). She is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh and she […]


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Book of the Week: The Isle of Youth, by Laura van den Berg

This week’s feature is Laura van den Berg’s new collection The Isle of Youth, which releases today from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. For more information on Laura and her work, please visit: http://www.lauravandenberg.com/. In the introduction to her recent interview with the […]




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