Don’t Write Alone
A Roundtable With the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories Judges: Sabrina Orah Mark, Emily Nemens, and Deesha Philyaw
Many of the stories felt written on the edge of an edge of an edge of a world.
PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Catapult: Were there particular things you were looking for as you read the nominated stories?
Catapult: Were there any big surprises?
Catapult: Did you notice any recurring patterns/themes/subjects among the stories you read? If so, do the final selections reflect those larger patterns/themes, or push against them in some way?
Catapult: What was it like to come together as a group to discuss and decide on the twelve winning stories?
Catapult: Can you share a bit about your first published pieces, and which ones felt like big breaks?
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ConduitHappilyThe Paris Review
Esquirecould The Cactus League
Catapult: What words of advice or encouragement would you share with this year’s winners, and to early-career writers more broadly?