Recent Alphan Year’s Best Reprint: “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman

“The Castle That Jack Built,” a short story by Alpha graduate Emily Gilman (2003 & 2004), has been selected to appear in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2013, edited by Rich Horton. The anthology’s table of contents is here, and it will be available for purchase in July.

“The Castle That Jack Built” originally appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and you can read it for free here. Congratulations, Emily!

The full list of Alpha graduates’ publications and awards is here.


  1. Shelby

    Posted April 8, 2013 at 10:01 | Permalink

    I am doing a project for my English class that requires me to find a piece written when the author was eighteen or younger, and I happened to stumble upon Emily Gilman’s The Castle That Jack Built and loved it. I’ve tried contacting her, to no avail. Is it know how old she was when she wrote this short story?

  2. Alpha Staff

    Posted April 8, 2013 at 22:24 | Permalink

    Hi Shelby! Unfortunately I think Emily was older than 18 when she wrote this story, but I’m sure she would be glad to hear that you enjoyed it.