Notes on Craft
‘After a series of seizures in my temporal lobe, I started to forget words and say sentences backwards.’
Missouri Williams on the drive to circle back.
Scattered All Over the Earth
‘You don’t understand. The country where I used to live is now gone.’
and the earth drank deep
Ntsika Kota is the winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.
The Stars Are Blind
‘A few years ago, while in between jobs, I started doing astrology readings for cash.’
Anna Dorn on her astrology journey.
‘The self is the work of art. Criticism puts that self in the service of other art.’
The authors discuss the multiplicity of the self, the idea of necessity, and how to work with what you lack.
The Last Diver on Earth
Winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for Asia.
Podcast | Eula Biss
‘What does it say about capitalism that we have money and want to spend it but we can’t find anything worth buying?’
Eula Biss on her book Having and Being Had.
Podcast | Stephanie Sy-Quia
‘Empires fall like milk teeth.’
Stephanie Sy-Quia on her collection Amnion.
‘It is easy, when we are young, to have ideals and to live according to them.’
An excerpt from Guadalupe Nettel’s Still Born.
Podcast | Tice Cin
‘Careful when you turn your eyes towards someone, you allow them the chance to turn theirs on you.’
Tice Cin on her debut novel Keeping the House.
‘I sensed that as she listened she looked right through my skull and saw the cringing figure living there, the figure that keeps guard over all my secret strategies and disguises.’
New fiction from Ralf Webb.
A Hat for Lemer
Winner of the 2022 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for Canada and Europe.