Bev Jafek

Fiction Writer

Beacon, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

I have published about 45 of my short stories and novel excerpts in the literary quarterly and university press publications. Some have been translated into German, Italian and Dutch. The Overlook Press, distributed by Penguin-Putnam, published my first story collection, The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife, and reprinted it in paperback two years later. My first novel, The Sacred Beasts, will be published by Bedazzled Ink Books in October 2016,and my second novel, A Kind of Paradise, is circulating among agents and publishers. My second story collection, Three Nights of Love, is nearly completed and will be circulating. My third novel, When the Sixties Died, will be finished by the end of 2016, and I will finish my third story collection, More Creatures, by 2017. I have plans for many more novels, of course, and my time is free (at last!) to write fiction full-time. That's why you see the full schedule of books.

Publications & Prizes

Wild Women (Overlook Press, 1994)
Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 1985)
The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife (Overlook Press, 1995)
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I have won many literary awards, including publication in the annual “prize” anthology, The Best American Short Stories. I also won the Carlos Fuentes Award and the Editor’s Prize for fiction from Columbia: A Magazine of Literature and Art as well as first prize in the 2001 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation short story competition for “redemption of gay history” through creative writing. My first story collection, The Man Who took a Bite Out of His wife, was cited as one of the best story collections of the year in The Year’s Best Fantasy (7th edition, Teri Windling) as well as being selected as a finalist for the Crawford Award (best new fantasy fiction writer of the year). I was also a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

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Last update: Feb 16, 2016