Fiction by Allyson Armistead



We decided that our real dad was somewhere still in Afghanistan, under a red rock and missing, and that this man was someone else entirely.

Bellingham Review, Issue 66, July 10, 2013.
Finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction
Pushcart Prize Nomination, Fall 2013



I am a newborn turtle following the moon to the sea.

William Van Dyke Award for FictionRuminate Magazine, Issue #19, Spring 2011
Pushcart Nomination
Best American Short Stories Nomination
PEN/O. Henry Prize Nomination
Into The Desert exhibition, Eight-Cuts Gallery, Fall 2010
Best of the Web, 2010

There are plenty of ways to go wrong with a story like this one—overwriting, sentimentality or its too-ambiguous flipside—but Ms. Armistead holds our interest, resists self-pity, and delivers restrained paragraphs as clear as the desert air.
— Leif Enger, Author of Peace Like a River, Time Magazine Most Notable Book

Girl in Red

And then there’s the before-and-after problem with erasing Dad’s identity: the whole space-time continuum glitch, where even though he’s faded in our furniture and walls and talk and clothes and hair, he’s like the echo of a piano key.

Finalist in Winter Short Fiction CompetitionNarrative Magazine, Winter 2009
Story of the Week, Narrative Magazine, Summer 2009
Best 30 Under 30, Narrative Magazine, Fall 2010

More Fiction

Coal City Review, Issue #27, Fall 2010
Reprinted in Redux Literary Journal, Spring 2012

The Sandspout Magazine, United Kingdom, Spring 2014

The Flagler Review, Spring 2014
Finalist in New Millennium Writing’s 2010 fiction contest, Winter 2010
Winner of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, 2008
Best New American Voices Nomination, Spring 2008