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These prize-winning authors remind their fellow writers and readers that great written works are not always lengthy ones. This collection of authors prove this point well. Rion Amlicar Scott’s new The World Doesn’t Require You is a powerful follow-up of his debut collection, Insurrections, awarded the 2018 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction; Camille Acker, author of Training School for Negro Girls, with a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home; Elise Levine, author of the recent collection This Wicked Tongue, and Driving Men Mad; and Andria Nacina Cole, whose short story Leaving Women won the Ploughshares’ Cohen Award. Prepare to be informed, entertained, and wanting to write your own short tale.