Best Debut Short Stories 2021: The PEN American Dau Prize is an anthology published by Catapult highlighting twelve fiction writers whose outstanding debut short stories were published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website and selected by the award’s judges: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Beth Piatote. Ranging from speculative fiction to realist stories about immigration by writers such as Heather Aruffo, Lindsay Ferguson, Khaddafina Mbabazi, and Alberto Reyes Morgan, each piece comes with an introduction by each publication’s editor, whose insight provide a view into the selection process as well as the future of literary publishing. Now in its fifth edition, this anthology is perfect for any reader or writer seeking to be introduced to the year’s most exciting literary magazines and emerging fiction writers.
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