Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection, Hibernate, for which she was awarded the 2013 Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, and the acclaimed novel Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010). Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have been published widely, most recently in The Literary Review, The Sun, and Witness, and her work is featured in the anthologies Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers and Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema. She’s a Visiting Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Indiana University.
Elizabeth is looking for the following in this week’s stories: “Compression, movement, maximum dramatic impact, an anchoring voice, and language that glimmers. Each word should be essential. I want the brevity to contribute to the emotional wallop. And that last sentence must gut me.”