Issue 40: Fall 2017



Megan Tucker, Candidates

Carol Bensimon, The Smoke Gardener’s Club translated by Zoë Perry

Helen Phillips, It Should Be

LaRue Cook, Believers

David Leavitt, The David Party


Rivka Galchen, Our Potatoes


Jess Pane, Interview with Karen Russell

Crystal Powell, Interview with Ross Gay

Cover art by Conor Fagan.


Geffrey Davis, The Fidelity of Loneliness

Devon Walker-Figueroa, Not Everything that Lapses Must Diverge

William Fargason, Porcelain Nocturne

Desiree C. Bailey, Harriet Jacobs Grips the Silence

Meghann Plunkett, Nightshade

Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Circle

Justin Phillip Reed, The Root is Not a Color But an Upset

Paul Legault, Grace When It’s Not There

Nicole Sealey, from Cento for the Night I Said, “I Love You”

Matthew Shenoda, The Edge is the End of the Beginning

James Kimbrell, The Graduate Goes to Work

Julian Randall, T-Pain Sings “A Change Gonna Come” While My Father Sleeps Feet Away

Dan Beachy-Quick, On the Soul

Chinelo Okparanta, The shoe that I bought . . .

Natalie Shapero, Some Toxin

Gbenga Adesina, Hiding Place

Rob Shapiro, Ram’s Head with Hollyhock, 1935

Will Frazier, Hyperglycemia

zakia henderson-brown, ex-slave with long memory

Paul Guest, With a Line from Padgett Powell

Evie Shockley, awaking in paris





Washington Square Review, a journal of new fiction, poetry, translations, and interviews, is published biannually by the students and faculty of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program.

We're proud to announce that Amy Hempel's story, "The Chicane," which originally appeared in Washington Square Review #37, has been selected for Best American Short Stories 2017, guest edited by Meg Wolitzer. "The Lucky Lady" by Rebecca Schiff and "We the Grandchildren" by Loredo Lucas, also from issue #37, were listed as "Other Distinguished Stories of 2016." We're also pleased to announce that Megan Tucker's debut story, "Candidates," from issue #40, won the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Purchase both issues by clicking here

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