Matthew Lansburgh's collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the 2017 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award and the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, Epoch, Electric Literature, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Columbia Journal, The Florida Review, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Joyland. He was the winner of Columbia Journal's fiction contest in 2014 and The Florida Review's fiction contest in 2015, and eight of his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (In addition, “Outside Is the Ocean,” published in Ecotone, was named as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2018, and "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 degrees from Princeton, Stanford and NYU, where he received an MFA in Fiction as well as a Veterans Writing Fellowship. 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."