"Acceptance" is the prize-winning story by Peg Cronin, winning Zoetrope's recent fiction contest judged by Susan Straight. It is absolutely one of the best stories I've read--hilarious and poignant, and the language is GORGEOUS and clever. Makes me wish I were funny.
Read it here:
Acceptance by Peg Cronin
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, and Gargoyle #57, among others. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. Currently, I'm an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. I'm also working on two novels and a short story collection. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.