Successful Local Writer to Share Short Stories in The Bedford Citizen

By Meredith McCulloch

Stuart Liss's short stories iwll soon appear in The Bedford Citizen - Image (c) JMcCT, 2014
Stuart Liss’s short stories iwll soon appear in The Bedford Citizen – Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

Bedford resident Stuart F. Liss, Esq., author of thirty-five (and counting) published or forthcoming short stories has agreed to allow The Bedford Citizen to republish his short stories gratis.   Liss publishes fiction under the nom de plume S. Frederic Liss.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the work of a talented fiction writer in our town and to add another dimension to The Bedford Citizen,’ said Julie Turner, founder and editor of The Citizen. “And, we are delighted to bring  a Bedford author’s work to Bedford readers.”

The first story will appear on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  Subsequent stories will appear on the first Wednesday of each month thereafter.  Each of the stories will have been previously published in a literary magazine or journal.

The series will open with “Rain Delay,” which first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post on September 5, 2014.  During a rain delay at a Red Sox game, the balance of power between a father and son begins its inevitable shift from the older generation to the younger.

With a touch of irony, Liss describes himself as, “America’s most published unknown short story writer.”   In fact his list of publications and awards is long.  Most recently, he is a nominee for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.  In addition, he has received The Florida Review Editor’s Award for Fiction; James Still Prize for Short Fiction sponsored by Wind; Midnight Sun Award for Fiction sponsored by Permafrost; Third prize in the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction; Finalist for the Raymond Carver Award for Short Fiction sponsored by Carve Magazine; and Honorable Mention in the New Letters Literary Award for Fiction and the Glimmer Train June, 2014 Fiction Open.

Liss has also been published in the Saturday Evening Post, The South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, Dogwood, The Worcester Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal among other literary magazines.

A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University School of Law, Liss earned an MFA from Emerson College, Boston, MA and was the recipient of a Grant-in-Aid in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA where he leads a workshop in writing fiction.

Liss’ first published story was Blind Spot which appeared in The Worcester Review, Volume XI, No. 2 (1989).   Liss has short stories scheduled for publication over the next several months in Cardinal Sins Journal, Helix Literary Magazine, Mount Hope Review, and  He has pending submissions at several other magazines about which he is awaiting word.

When asked what motivates him to write fiction, Liss said, “I write fiction because it‘s fun.   It’s hard, but it’s fun.  When it stops being fun, I’ll stop writing.”

Locally Liss has practiced law with an office in Lexington for over forty years.  He was a Bedford Library Trustee for over twenty-five years, nine years as Chair, and was actively involved in the construction of the library addition.  Liss also served on the Bedford Finance Committee and the Bedford Historic District Commission.  He resides in Bedford with his wife, Judy, who works for a software company and is active in the Domestic Violence Services Network.

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