May is National Short Story Month, so we’re celebrating the tail end of it by honoring some short stories of the past year that are deserving of your attention. Although these diverge from Geraldine Brooks’s choices in The Best American Short Stories collection or those contained in PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, we encourage you to pick either or both of these up if you’re interested in more tales from notable authors. Or, if you want stories from our neighbors across the Atlantic, there’s always Best European Fiction, which was edited by one of our favorite writers, Aleksandar Hemon. But our list spans more than this continent or that of Europe — we wanted to tip the balance to include both emerging and established writers from countries all over the world (as well as those who live outside our fair coast). As Beyoncé queries in her latest call-and-response hit, “Who run the world?” (Girls). But you knew that already, didn’t you? So read on, dear readers, and tell us who we missed.
“The Deer-Vehicle Collision Survivors Support Group” by Porochista Khakpour
Guernica, February 2010
“Do you like hunting? Birding? We don’t understand how animals become a thing to do out here. Back in the city we saw mainly pigeons on the sidewalks, rats in subway stations, roaches in dark cracks, mice in every corner.”
Khakpour is a judge (along with the incredibly talented, prize-winning novelist and short story writer Yiyun Li) for Hyphen Magazine’s Asian-American Short Story Contest. The winner will be announced on June 3rd on the website, so check back to find out who made the cut.