Three on Anderbo Named "Notable Stories" of 2011

New York, July 10, 2012—"Ghosts", a short story by Mac Barrett, "Clarins", a short story by Courtney Maum, and "Monologue", a short story by Juliet Grames, were each named a 2011 Notable Story in the annual storySouth Million Writers Awards.

“Here Is David, the Greatest of Descendants” one of 10 Best Stories of 2010

New York, June 30, 2011—Today, storySouth, the online literary journal, announced that Spencer Kealamakia's "Here Is David, the Greatest of Descendants", published by, has been chosen as one of the Top 10 best stories of the year by the Million Writers Award.

Robert Warner's Anderbo Story Shortlisted
for storySouth Prize

New York, June 24, 2010—"Alabamer Pianers", an Anderbo short story by Robert Warner, wins a 2009 "Notable Story" designation from the storySouth Million Writers Awards, and was on the short list, narrowly missing the "Top 10" final vote.

Susan Breen Interviews Anderbo Editor Rick Rofihe

New York, October 1, 2009—Susan Breen: "First off, some very exciting news. My story, 'Triplet,' has been selected for the anthology BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2009. Dave Eggers was editor, Marjane Satrapi wrote the introduction and, as of two days ago, the book was featured in displays in every bookstore I went into.

“Which brings me to the next point which is that my story was originally published by, which is an on-line literary magazine edited by Rick Rofihe. One of the subjects my students spend a lot of time talking about, especially toward the end of term, is what do editors want. So, I asked Rick some questions about that and here are his answers."

SB: Can you describe Anderbo in three words?
RR: Fiction. Poetry. “fact”.

SB: How many submissions do you get and how many do you publish?
RR: We put up about one poet every 3 weeks; one short story every 5 weeks; and one non-fiction (”fact”) piece every 8 weeks. The acceptance rate is less than 1% overall; probably we receive submissions from 10 poets (up to 6 poems each) daily, along with, say, 4 story submissions and 1 “fact”. We have a LOT of editors weighing in on the fiction, editors who are pretty much more analytical and articulate than I’ll ever be.

SB: What qualities does the ideal Anderbo story have?
RR: They’re not what I call “situational/ensemble”; that is, the protagonist gets most — maybe 85% — of the story’s word-space. The light’s on the main character most of the time in the site’s best stories, I think.

SB: Do you ever like something, but think it’s not quite there and give the author suggestions?
RR: I might try to lead them to water: only sometimes do they drink....

SB: Do you publish works by debut authors?
RR: Most seem to be. Of all those ones so far, probably Kayla Soyer-Stein’s work was most instantly-astonishing to me: her poem, “To My Landlord” and her novella, “We Were There and Now We’re Here”.

SB: What sort of work would you like to see more of?
RR: Good, well-structured, 1500- to 2500-word stories are not as plentiful as I’d hoped….

(From Susan Breen's Blog, "Bloomer," September 24, 2009; her novel, THE FICTION CLASS, is published by Plume/Penguin.)

Anderbo Story Wins "Best of the Web"

New York, July 7, 2009—Waqar Ahmed's 2008 story, "The Right Passengers", has been chosen to appear in Dzanc Books' 2009 BEST OF THE WEB, available now in bookstores. "The Right Passengers" is Waqar's first published story—initially online on Anderbo, and now in hard copy in the new Dzanc volume.

Two on Anderbo Named "Notable Stories" of 2008

New York, July 3, 2009—"Chasing Adonis", Anderbo fiction by Adam Gallari, and "We Were There and Now We're Here", a novella by Kayla Soyer-Stein on's home page, were each named a 2008 Notable Story in the annual storySouth Million Writers Awards.

“Izzi Accepts a Bagel from Her Mother" is named
Notable Story of 2007

New York—June 22, 2008—"Izzi Accepts a Bagel from Her Mother": by Jessica Pishko has been named a Notable Story of 2007 by storySouth's Million Writers Award. Jessica Pishko's first story, "Night," is also on .

“Yankees" and "Island" Notable Stories of 2006

New York—June 2, 2007—"Yankees" and "Island" have been named Notable Stories of 2006 by storySouth's Million Writers Award.

"Yankees" by Alison Bull can be found at Fiction at, while "Island" by Erika Recordon is on the home page.

For more information on Anderbo, please visit the Web site or e-mail

Anderbo, the Word, the New York-based online literary journal, is the brainchild of Rick Rofihe, who serves as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. Rofihe, who had neither personally typed nor sent an e-mail in his lifetime, and so might seem a highly improbable originator of such an online literary venture, yet his unique print perspective brings a distinct feeling to Anderbo.

But what is Anderbo? “Anderbo is a made-up word,” explains Rofihe, “and the reason I made it up was, I didn’t want to ruin an already existing word, so I tried to make up a new one. For example, it used to be that when you said ‘mustang’ people would think ‘horse.’ But now when you say, ‘mustang,’ people think you mean the car built by Ford.”

“The Rules of Urban Living” one of 10 Best Stories of 2005

New York—April 3, 2006—Today, storySouth, the online literary journal, announced that Kara Janeczko’s "The Rules of Urban Living" has been nominated as one of the Top 10 best stories of 2005 by the Million Writers Award.

Janeczko’s story was published in the fall of 2005 by, the New York based online literary journal, headed by Editor-in-Chief Rick Rofihe. Recently, was also honored by Million Writers Award, when it was named the best new online literary journal of 2005.

“We are excited and pleased for Kara,” says Rofihe. “She is a seasoned writer with a sharp wit and a unique style and she truly deserves this honor. Her story exhibits the qualities we look for and admire in the writers we choose for Anderbo.”

Kara Janeczko has taught media literacy and video production in Poughkeepsie, NY and New Mexico; she now teaches in New York City. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at City College and lives in Harlem.

Readers can log onto storySouth (, or to read Janeczko’s story visit Anderbo at Honored—Named Best New Online Journal

New York—April 1, 2006—In March, storySouth, the online literary journal, announced that it had given its 2005 Million Writers Award for “Best New Online Magazine or Journal” to

Still a young publication, was launched by Editor-in-Chief Rick Rofihe in the summer of 2005. The work that can be found on Anderbo is a combination of stories, poems, and short nonfiction pieces known as “fact.”

In announcing the award to, storySouth stated, “This new journal features a top-notch editorial crew and started 2005 out with a bang. The journal should achieve even greater heights in the years to come.”

Despite its youth, or maybe even because of it, Anderbo is attracting some of the best new writing talent around, with three of its writers, Jeffrey Rubin, Kara Janeczko, and Martha Wilson, all having their work considered among the storySouth Million Writers Award's most notable online stories of 2005.

About Anderbo

Founded by The New Yorker fiction contributor and Whiting Writing Award-winner Rick Rofihe, is a New York City-based Literary Online Journal that publishes short stories, poetry, and nonfiction (a.k.a. “fact”). Named “The Best New Online Journal” by storySouth, accepts work from previously-unpublished and emerging talents, as well as established writers and poets.

Writers published on include: Marge Piercy (author of 17 poetry collections, most recently The Crooked Inheritance, published by Knopf), Susan Breen (author of the novel The Fiction Class, published by Plume/Penguin), Jeffrey Lent (novelist, A Peculiar Grace, from the Atlantic Monthly Press), Lisa Margonelli (author of the nonfiction title Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline, from Nan A. Talese/ Doubleday), Waqar Ahmed, and Jody Madala. To visit the site, where one can view the latest published works as well as obtain submission guidelines, go to also hosts the annual Anderbo Poetry Prize contest. For information on how to submit to the 2009 competition, visit: now also has a Facebook page. To become a “Fan” of and be apprised of future deadlines, contests, and new issue information, visit us at:

Rick Rofihe is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Mr. Rofihe published nine short stories in The New Yorker, as well as the short story collection Father Must with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 1991, Mr. Rofihe garnered a Whiting Writers Award, as a winner for Fiction.

In addition to his publishing credits at The New Yorker, Mr. Rofihe’s fiction has appeared in Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, The East Hampton Star, and on He has taught writing at Columbia University, The Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Mr. Rofihe is a member of PEN and The Authors Guild.

Mr. Rofihe also judges and runs Open City’s annual short story contest, dubbed The RRofihe Trophy. For contest guidelines and submission info, please visit

“Anderbo, founded by . . . Rick Rofihe—who claimed he had never personally typed or sent an e-mail in his life—is a New York–based online (go figure) literary journal open to submissions from poets, prose writers, and photographers of all ages. Minimally designed to focus attention on the words . . . Anderbo received the 2005 Million Writers Award for best new online magazine, sponsored by storySouth, an online journal that ‘aims to prove that the Internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts.’ ” —Poets & Writers magazine, “Literary MagNet” section, July/ August 2007

“Anderbo wins this award. This new journal features a top-notch editorial crew and started 2005 out with a bang. The journal should achieve even greater heights in the years to come.” —storySouth, Million Writers Award for best new online magazine or journal

“Rick Rofihe has earned the distinction of being a successful writer. This SoHo resident has had nine stories published by The New Yorker, which bought his first story, “Boys Who Do the Bop,” after Rofihe had spent about a decade—1978 to 1988—writing and trying to sell the piece. Despite never having taken a single writing class in his life and having grown up in a small town without a bookstore or library at the time—he devoured Walt Disney comic books and glossy magazines as a kid—Rofihe has taught dozens of courses on the craft of fiction at Columbia University, where he was a professor in the MFA program, and also at the Writer's Voice of the West Side Y and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. . . . But Rofihe, born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in 1950, is getting a bit tired of all that. He’s not so interested in writing and promoting his own work anymore. ‘Sometimes, when I finish a story, I don’t send it out for six months, if at all,’ he said. ‘It used to be a hunger,’ he explained about getting his work published, but it isn’t much of one now as he finds himself increasingly engaged in working with other writers to refine and publicize their work. Hence, the birth of, Rofihe’s new literary online journal.” —The Villager

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