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The writers who are household names today all got their start when an editor encountered their work for the first time and took a chance. This new annual anthology is a celebration of twelve such moments of discovery, a showcase of the best debuts published this year by literary magazines and websites across the country.
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MARIE-HELENE BERTINO's debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat's Pajamas, was a Barnes & Noble Fall 2014 Discover Great New Writers pick and a Best Book of 2014 at NPR. Her debut collection of short stories, Safe as Houses, received the 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named an Outstanding Collection by the Story Prize. She is the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Center for Fiction, Sewanee, the MacDowell, and Hedgebrook writers colonies. She teaches at New York University and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, where she is an editor at large for Catapult.


Praise for PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017 "A welcome addition to the run of established short story annuals, promising good work to come." --Kirkus Reviews "Urgent fiction, from breakout talents." --Booklist "A welcome, diverse, and compelling collection." --PopMatters "A great overview of some of the year's most interesting fiction." --Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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