Jafek, Bev

Bev Jafek has published about 55 of her short stories and novel excerpts in literary quarterly and university press publications. Some have been translated into German, Italian and Dutch (as well as appearing in English language publications in India and China) and won many literary awards, including publication in the annual “prize” anthology, The Best American Short Stories.

She also won the Carlos Fuentes Award and the Editor’s Prize for fiction from Columbia Journal as well as first prize in the 2001 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation short story competition for “redemption of gay history” through creative writing.

The Overlook Press, distributed by Penguin-Putnam, published her first story collection, The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife, and reprinted it in paperback two years later. It was cited as one of the best story collections of the year in The Year’s Best Fantasy (7th edition, Teri Windling) as well as being selected as a finalist for the Crawford Award (best new fantasy fiction writer of the year).

She was also a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. Her first novel, The Sacred Beasts, an epic of 122,000 words, was published by Bedazzled Ink Books in October of 2016 and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, A Kind of Paradise, has been out from this publisher since June 2018. Her third novel and second story collection are now circulating among agents and publishers.

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