The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers
This series—which was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group and was called "a must-read collection for all short-fiction enthusiasts" by Booklist—became a new addition to our publishing line-up in 1997. Two editors, Alan Davis of Moorhead, Minnesota and Michael White of Fairfield, Connecticut, choose previously unpublished stories for inclusion in the book. A well-known writer serves as a guest judge, chooses the three prize winners who receive a cash award, and writes the introduction. Past judges include Ray Carver, Tobias Wolff, Anne Tyler, Wallace Stegner, Ann Beattie and Louise Erdrich. In 1998, Writer's Digest chose the series as one of the top 15 fiction magazines in the United States.
We have not yet decided since the relocation to Minnesota State Moorhead whether to continue the anthology, but we are interested in reading literary fiction of every character.
Books in the American Fiction Series
American Fiction Volume Seven: The Best Short Stories by Emerging Writers (Alan Davis, Michael White, editors) Tim O'Brien, Guest Judge
American Fiction Volume Eight: The Best Short Stories by Emerging Writers (Alan Davis, Michael White, editors) Charles Baxter, Guest Judge
American Fiction Volume Nine: The Best Short Stories by Emerging Writers (Alan Davis, Michael White, editors) Joyce Carol Oates, Guest Judge
American Fiction, Volume Ten: The Best Short Stories by Emerging Writers (Alan Davis, Michael White, editors) Robert Boswell and Antonya Nelson, Guest Judges
New Rivers Press was founded in 1968 by C. W. "Bill" Truesdale and has published more than 340 titles. In 2001, after Truesdale's death, Alan Davis and Wayne Gudmundson were instrumental in reviving and relocating it to MSUM, where its dual mission is to publish literary work of every character, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers, and to provide learning opportunities, including a Certificate in Publishing, for students in partnership with MSUM. The press honors Truesdale's progressive spirit by publishing work with a strong sense of place that speaks to our troubled times with satyagraha (the truthforce), empathy, and aesthetic courage.
The Animals Beyond Us, poems
"His poems are finely observed, precisely felt, and they bring magic to the domestic life, the real magic of language that has power to transform a world." ~John Dufresne, author
"I love Mason's instructive intensity and will, her grace and ability to translate desire into something scary yet gorgeous." ~David Dodd Lee, author
Downriver People, fiction
Bea Exner Liu
"Americans should read, and ponder, this humane memoir of an American life in a China now massively, but not unrecognizably, transformed." ~Robert A. Knapp
Girl Held in Home, fiction
"...Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful." ~Ann Hood, author
Hotel Utopia, poems
"[This] is a book of angles. These poems come from one bend in the mind, then another, from one tilt in the heart, then another. Whether the content is personal, mystical, or political, the voice is deliciously agile." ~Tim Seibles, author
The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories, short story collection
"Not since The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism." ~C. Michael Curtis, editor