Beth Gilstrap

Beth Gilstrap - Editor

Louisville, KY, USA

Award-winning author with over 6 years of editorial experience. I love literary fiction but am open to all prose genres.

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Beth Gilstrap is the winner of the 2019 Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize for her second full-length collection Deadheading & Other Stories (forthcoming 2021). She is also the author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura (2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. She was Fiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths for nearly five years. Her work has been selected as’s “Fiction Pick of the Week” and recently selected by Dan Chaon for inclusion in the Best Microfiction Anthology. She has been awarded several residencies including Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms and Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for ideas, nature, and the written word. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, The Minnesota Review, Hot Metal Bridge, and Wigleaf, among others. 
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Writing & Publishing


  • MFA Fiction


  • Winner of 2019 Red Hen Press Women's Prose Prize

Work experience

Fiction Instructor

The Loft Literary Center
August, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

Fiction instructor starting October 2020

Fiction Instructor

Charlotte Center for Literary Arts
August, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

Fiction Instructor

English Faculty

Queens University of Charlotte
January, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

Fiction editor

Little Fiction
July, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Author & Editor

May, 2012 – Present (about 10 years)

Nearly 5 years as Fiction Editor at Little Fiction. One year as a reader for Creative Nonfiction.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Best Small Fictions 2018

Aimee Bender, Guest Editor, Sherrie Flick, Series Editor

Best Microfiction 2020

Pokrass, Meg, Fincke, Gary, Martone, Michael

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