Short Story Award Longlist Announced, Joshua Wolf Shenk Resigns From the Believer, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

Fifteen writers have been longlisted for this year’s Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Offering a prize of £30,000, the honor is “the world’s richest prize for a single short story.” The winner will be announced in July. (Bookseller)

Joshua Wolf Shenk has resigned from his role as the editor in chief of the Believer magazine and the artistic and executive director of the Black Mountain Institute in Las Vegas. The resignation follows a February incident in which Shenk was seen emerging from the bath during a Zoom call with colleagues. (Los Angeles Times)

“There is so much hand-wringing about bud break and syrup reserves for lean years, and yet so few people, by comparison, seem to be concerned about something much more important, to me: the stories slowly being lost about one tree’s unique ability to thrive and create sweetness during a disappearing season of transition.” Callum Angus considers the ways climate change might be like transitioning or tapping a maple for syrup. (Catapult)

“Here’s what can happen when someone stands just outside a circle: they either tune out, or they lean in, trying to get closer. I leaned in.” Gian Sardar describes how the urge to understand his roots in both Kurdistan and rural Minnesota has shaped his fiction. (Literary Hub)

The New York Public Library recommends twenty-five contemporary novels in translation, including titles translated from Albanian, Farsi, Korean, and Urdu.

“The way you make people feel ugly is by not having nuanced and widespread portraits of them in popular, mainstream media.” Jean Kyoung Frazier discusses her novel, Pizza Girl, and the character of the female slacker. (Rumpus)

Maggie Shipstead talks Amelia Earhart, aviation, and “the difference between disappearance and death” in an interview for NPR about her latest novel, Great Circle.