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Barton, Berry, and Justice Land Best American Nods!   printer  

First published in the summer 2009 issue of the Sewanee Review, Marlin Barton's short story "Into Silence" was published in Best American Short Stories 2010, an anthology edited in 2010 by Richard Russo.  It was also selected as a notable for Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Otto Penzler and Lee Child.

Barton won the 1995 Andrew Lytle Prize here for "The Dry Well," the title story of his first collection.  He has also published a novel, A Broken Thing.  He currently lives in Montgomery and serves as the assistant director of Writing Our Stories, a writing workshop organized by the Alabama Department of Youth Services and the Alabama Writers' Forum.  Juvenile offenders are offered nine months of training in writing and editing, culminating in published anthologies each year.

Notables for Best American Short Stories 2010 included Wendell Berry’s “The Dark Country” from the
spring 2009 issue and Jean Ross Justice’s “The Smell of Ashes” from summer 2009.  Berry has poetry in our spring 2011 issue and a story in our current issue.  Justice’s collection of short fiction, The End of a Good Party, was recently published by the University of Tampa Press; Richard Stern calls them “wonderful and wonderfully varied stories, each one beautifully wrought and tempered by a narrative intelligence, humor, subtlety, and strength that are like no one else's.”

Also chosen for this year's Best American Short Stories is "Painted Ocean, Painted Ship" (Ploughshares) by Rebecca Makkai, whose story, "The World's Last Englishmen," was published in our
fall 2007 issue.

THIS JUST IN: Two stories originally published in the summer 2010 issue of the SR have been selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2011: Brock Adams's "Audacious" and Ernest J. Finney's "A Crime of Opportunity"!  Keep an eye out for updates on this exciting development!