Shoshana Surek’s short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and poetry appear or are forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa Review, Burningword Literary Review, Carve Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Vestal Review, 3 Elements Review, University Press, Inverted Syntax, The Night Heron Barks, Cease, Cows, and f(r)iction Magazine. Her story, “Masking Tape Over My Fortunate One,” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize and her poem "Green" was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. She is a 2019 Finalist in december Magazine's Curt Johnson's Prose Awards.
As a first-generation American and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she enjoys reading voices expressing the connections between past and present when everything -and so little- has changed. Shoshana studied Literature in England and earned both her MA and MFA Creative Writing in Poetry and Fiction in Denver. She was a two-time finalist in HBO Comedy Arts Open and a finalist in the Miller Heavyweight Comedy Championships. She was a first-reader for Vestal Review and Inverted Syntax. She and her husband live in the foothills of Colorado with three children and a slew of animals, all of whom are poised to take over the house (and the world).


Follow her on Twitter at @shoshana_surek. Read more of her work below.

How to contact me: leave various cryptic clues in the text of your next published book, story, or poem. Spread the message over many years and reprints. Alternately, you could email. Your choice.

Published Work

Copy Of -"Unopened Jacaranda"

July 06, 2020

Chicago Quarterly Review, #31, July 2020

"Hemlock Moon"

July 15, 2020

Obelus Journal, July 2020

Copy Of -"Of Love (not in)"

May 15, 2020

Blue Mesa Review, Issue 41, May 2020

Copy Of -"Green" & "Dizzy"

April 17, 2020

Burningword Literary Journal - April 2020

"2019 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Fiction - Finalist"

August 14, 2019

I am honored to be a finalist and be listed in the next issue of December magazine! Judged by Rita Mae Brown.


March 13, 2019

SmokeLong Quarterly, 2019

"Felix Phillipp Lovász is a good Christian Name"

July 10, 2019

Carve Magazine - Summer Issue, 2019

Interview with CARVE Magazine Editor, Cameron Maynard

June 26, 2019

Interview about, "Felix Phillipp Lovász is a good Christian Name," published Summer 2019, Carve Magazine

"Yōd-Hē ways to be an American"

November 14, 2018

Malahat Review, 2019

"The Strength of Horseradish"

August 22, 2018

Cease, Cows, 2018

"Alef Base Alef"

April 10, 2018

3 Elements, Spring 2018 issue.

"Masking Tape Over My Fortunate One" (Nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize)

May 31, 2017

Vestal Review, 2017

"Branching from the Willow" (Awarded Story of the Week)

February 25, 2017

Vestal Review - Awarded "Story of the Week"

"When My Knees Ache"

January 12, 2017

F(r)iction Magazine, 2017

ART: Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883) was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. 

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