Matthew Lansburgh's collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the 2017 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Ecotone, Electric Literature, StoryQuarterly, Columbia Journal, The Florida Review, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, Joyland, and SLICE. He was the winner of Columbia Journal's fiction contest in 2014 and The Florida Review's fiction contest in 2015, and seven of his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. ("Driving North," published in Michigan Quarterly Review, received a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize XLI anthology.)
In 2015, Matthew attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar, and he holds an MFA in Fiction from NYU, where he received a Veterans Writing Fellowship. He has also received degrees from Princeton University and Stanford Law School. In selecting Outside Is the Ocean as the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Andre Dubus III wrote: "Matthew Lansburgh has a keen eye and ear, and he puts them to great use in this lovely and, frankly, mesmerizing linked collection . . . Outside Is the Ocean is a gem."