Publisher's Description: The Apple Valley Review, a semiannual online literary journal, was founded in 2005 by its current editor, Leah Browning. Each issue features a collection of short fiction, poetry, and essays.
Work originally published in the Apple Valley Review has been included in Best Microfiction 2020, The Best Small Fictions 2020, the 2014 edition of New Poetry from the Midwest, Best of the Web 2008 and, on many occasions, in the annual Best of the Net Anthology. Kevin Carey’s short story “Home for the Holidays,” which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of the Apple Valley Review, was included in the Best of the Net Anthology and selected as one of the storySouth Million Writers Award top ten online stories of 2011. Sue Hyon Bae’s short story “The Drill,” which appeared in the Fall 2015 issue, was selected for The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2016. A story by Jessica Rafalko was selected in 2014.
Individual works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have also been designated as finalists or notable stories by Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best of the Net, storySouth Million Writers Award, and Best of the Web.
All work published in the Apple Valley Review during a given calendar year is considered for the annual Editor’s Prize. Recent recipients include Daniel Bourne (2021, poetry, “The Safety of the Trees”); Trina Gaynon (2020, poetry, “Pacific Bell Comes Calling”); Lynne Knight (2019, poetry, “After My Sister’s Mastectomy”); Robert Radin (2018, essay, “Noche Triste”); P. Ivan Young (2017, poetry, “Sunken Town,” “After You Leave,” “Mansions”); Colin Pope (2016, essay, “Hard Pine”); Sue Hyon Bae (2015, fiction, “The Drill” and “The Flower Garden”); Laura Lee Beasley (2014, poetry, “Our Dying,” “Chemotherapy,” and “St. Jude”); Jessica Rafalko (2013, fiction, “News, Unreported” and “Notes Left for My Minor Suicide Attempts (Ages Nine, Twenty, and Thirty-One)”); Thomas Andrew Green (2012, fiction, “Kingdom of the Jellyfish”); Glen Pourciau (2011, fiction, “Backbone”); Alana Ruprecht (2010, poetry, “Pumpkin”); and Jin Cordaro (2009, poetry, “He Said He Knew of a Place Where We Could Swim,” “Cicadas,” “Ice Cream,” and “My Mother Used to Bring Home Blue-Shell Crabs”).
The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available at www.applevalleyreview.com.