Kind Words

“Signs,” by Bess Winter . . . is both intimate and tender and uncomfortable and strange.” – Roxane Gay
“With their first issue, Covered with Fur sets the fiction bar high with Bess Winter’s story, “Are You Running Away?” . . . Winter uses her floating, ethereal narratives to show us a few of the broken and shifting perspectives haunting a school.” – Jill Schepmann, The Rumpus

Awards & Fellowships

Pushcart Prize, 2013

Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2015

Writing Fellowship, Yaddo, Fall 2012

First Place, American Short[er] Fiction Prize, 2011

Fiction & Essays

“A Beautiful Song, Very Melancholy and Very Old” in Ecotone 

“Talking Dolls” in Michigan Quarterly Review 

“Machines of Another Era” in Story, 2016

“Lord Byron’s Teen Lover, Claire Clairmont” in Alice Blue Review 27, Fall 2015

“Helena, Montana” in Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2015

“You Play With Dolls” (essay) in Black Warrior Review, Spring/Summer 2015

“Elegant Proof” in Litragger

“I Loved This” in Broken Pencil‘s The Nub (first place, “Unearth Your Underworld” fiction contest, 2014)

“Are You Running Away?” in A Strange Object‘s Covered With Fur, 2014

“Bad” in Indiana Review2014

“How Do You Deal With the Horribly Cruel Things People Have Said to You Throughout Your Life?” in Wigleaf, 2013

“The Last Wild Passenger Pigeon” in Wigleaf, 2014

“Daguerreotypes” (1 and 2) in Carousel, 2014

“Elegant Proof” in Bellingham Review2013

“A Collector” (with illustration by Sherwin Tjia) in SmokeLong Quarterly, 2012

“The Things Sanchez Knew” in Paper Darts2012

“The Garnet Cave” in Versal, 2012

“Make It As Beautiful As You Can” at Barrelhouse online

“Signs” in American Short Fiction [winner, American Short(er) Fiction Prize], Fall 2011

“How to Unravel A Mummy” in Knee-Jerk 

“Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds” in Gargoyle 2011

“Any Little Morsel” in Berkeley Fiction Review 2011

“Predictability of Spines” and “The Nurse” in Alice Blue Review

“Men With Own Tuxedos” in PANK

“The Man Sitting Behind You Is A Serial Rapist” in Wigleaf

“English Butler, Ohio” in JMWW

“One Way” in Pindeldyboz

“Why Ugly Children Disappear” (poem) in Adbusters “Media Lit” July/Aug 2005

“The Bridge at the End of the World” (poem) in Forget Magazine2004

“Cafeteria Boy” (text/visual collab with Sherwin Tjia) in Kiss Machine “Love and Stars”, 2004

“Home Sweet Home” in Rising to a Tension (Cumulus Press Tendril Anthology Series), 2003


“Machines of Another Era” in the Wigleaf Mag Top 50 of 2017

“Signs” in Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 Edition), Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015),and the Wigleaf Mag Top 50 of 2012

Articles & Interviews

Interview and writing exercise on Read to Write Stories

Review: John O’Hara’s New York Stories for PANK

On Dan Hoyt’s “Here I Am” at Cincinnati Review Blog

On Bernard Malamud’s “The Magic Barrel” at Missouri Review blog

Interviewed by Daniel Cecil at Versal

Interviewed by Marian Oman at American Short Fiction

“The Last Book I Loved” in The Rumpus 

Interviewed by J. Bradley at PANK

Interview: “The End of Flawnt” for JMWW

Review: Ron Tanner’s Kiss Me, Stranger, in The Mid-American Review

Review: Zoe Zolbrod’s Currency, in The Mid-American Review


Contributing Fiction Editor, Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses2014

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