A Perfect Fit: Debut Short Story Collections & University Presses

Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


In an industry that often tells us that short story collections are “hard” to sell, five writers will discuss what it means to publish one beautifully. This panel centers love for the story form, building collections, and the presses that publish them. What can university presses offer that other independent and Big Five houses can’t? This diverse panel will share our debut projects and answer questions that explore submission, editing, marketing, structuring, linking or not linking, and beyond.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: [Final_Event_Outline]_A_Perfect_Fit__Debut_Short_Story_Collections_and_University_Presses_(1).pdf



Clare Beams is the author of the story collection We Show What We Have Learned, the novel The Illness Lesson, and the forthcoming novel The Garden. A winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2023 Joyce Carol Oates prize, she lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in the Randolph MFA program.

Caroline Kim is the author of a collection of short stories, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, which won the 2020 Drue Heinz Prize in Literature. Her work can be found in New England Review, Story, TriQuarterly, Best of Korea, Lit Hub, and elsewhere.

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is the author of Drinking from Graveyard Wells (University Press of Kentucky, Spring 2023). She earned her BA at Cornell University. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop, and George R. R. Martin.

Courtney Sender's debut book, In Other Lifetimes All I've Lost Comes Back to Me (2023, WVU Press), was called "a deep and howling portrait of longing and loneliness" in the Boston Globe. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, she has written for the New York Times "Modern Love" column, The Atlantic, Slate, and Ploughshares.

Laura Chow Reeve is a writer and illustrator. Her fiction has been published in The Rumpus, Catapult, Joyland, and elsewhere. Her debut short story collection, A Small Apocalypse, is forthcoming in 2024 with TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center