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Santa Monica Review Short Story Up For Award Judith Martin-straw | Mon, Jun 22 2009 07:26 PM

A short story by a first-time fiction writer published in Santa Monica College's highly regarded national literary journal, Santa Monica Review, has been selected for the 2009 volume of the prestigious "The Best American Short Stories."Steve De Jarnatt's "Rubiaux Rising," which was included in the spring 2009 Santa Monica Review issue, will appear in the collection published by Houghton Mifflin and edited this year by Alice Sebold. De Jarnatt, of Los Angeles, is an accomplished and prolific screenwriter, television director and film producer whose credits include “Miracle Mile," but "Rubiaux Rising" is his first short story to be published. It is the story of a returning war veteran with a metal plate in his head who arrives in New Orleans just in the time for the breach of the levees.

"This is tremendously exciting for us and an affirmation of

Our publication's judgment in selecting exceptional stories," said Andrew Tonkovich, editor of the semi-annual Santa Monica Review. "The Best American Short Stories" has been published since 1915, and each year's edition has a different guest editor, including such literary giants as Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, and E. Annie Proulx.


Series editor Heidi Pitlor said the 2009 collection will include only 20 stories, which are culled from hundreds of magazines that the editors review for consideration. The 2009 volume is scheduled to come out in October and will be available on Amazon.com as well as local and national bookstores such as Barnes & Noble. The Santa Monica Review, which is in its 21st year, has featured some of the major literary figures of the world, including Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter and Pulitzer Prize winner Joyce Carol Oates, along with well-known writers such as Charles Baxter and emerging talent.

Founded by SMC creative writing professor Jim Krusoe ("Blood Lake," "Girl Factory"), the Review has become one of the West Coast's leading literary venues, known for its experimental, thoughtful and funny works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews and essays.

Among well-known writers published in 20 years are Alice Adams, Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, T.C. Boyle, John Cage, Charles Champlin, Alan Cheuse, Guy Davenport, Judith Freeman, Jay Gummerman, Oakley Hall, Peter Handke, James D. Houston, Sandra Tsing Loh, and many others.

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