I was born in Bratislava, then Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia. As a teenager I saw tanks rolling through the streets of my hometown. That encounter led to many stories. A vocation was born.
THIS Literary Magazine has nominated me for a Pushcart Prize for "The Year of the Dog". The link is here http://www.thiszine.org/fiction/the-year-of-the-dog-stancek?utm_source=Contributors&utm_campaign=fe6cb7277b-July-August2011&utm_medium=email
An interview with me about my Mirko series, and specifically the story "Sounds of Silence", conducted by Susan Tepper, appeared in the Monday Chat With series, on Fictionaut. http://blog.fictionaut.com/2011/11/14/monday-chat-with-andrew-stancek/
Thunderclap Magazine has published "Waiting on Aida". http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/thunderclap-magazine---issue-seven/18555494
River Poets Journal has published "You're the Top" in the Hopeless Romantic issue. http://www.riverpoetsjournal.com/River_Poets_Journal_-_Special_Edition_2012_-_The_Hopeless_Romantic.pdf
Right Hand Pointing published "Bratislava".
Orion Headless published "Promises". http://orionheadless.com/promises
Camroc Press Review published "All I Needed Now". http://www.camrocpressreview.com/
50 to 1 published "Juicy". http://www.50-to-1.blogspot.com/2012/01/juicy-by-andrew-stancek.html
Blue Five Notebook published "Two Steps Back", a Mirko story. http://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/blue-five-notebook-november-2011-11-21/
Long Story Short published "The Three Musketeers". http://www.alongstoryshort.net/TheThreeMusketeers.html
Grift published "Nicole", a noir story. http://tirbd.com/grift/?p=362
"On Empty", another noir story, appears in A Twist of Noir. The link is here http://a-twist-of-noir.blogspot.com/2011/10/interlude-stories-andrew-stancek.html
"Goat Fate" and "Flights", interconnected stories, appear in Pure Slush. The link is here http://pureslush.webs.com/goatfate.htm and http://pureslush.webs.com/flights.htm
"Lake Tranquility" appears in the Summer 2011 issue of The Linnet's Wings. The link is here http://www.thelinnetswings.org/?stn=96442&pageno=14&sdb=
Two stories about Mirko, the teenage hoodlum in Bratislava, appear in Istanbul Literary Review. The link is here http://www.ilrmagazine.net/story/issue20_st4.php
A later story about Mirko, entitled "And Father Makes Three", appears in Kaffe in Katmandu. The link is here http://kaffeinkatmandu.tumblr.com/post/6117630679/and-father-makes-three-by-andrew-stancek
Three stories about Mirko appear in Prime Number Magazine. The link is here http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Issue11_PrimeDecimals2.html#anchor_356
Wilderness House Literary Review has another Mirko. The link is here http://www.whlreview.com/no-6.3/fiction/AndrewStancek.pdf
"A Pack of Lipas" is at Left Hand Waving. The link is here http://sites.google.com/site/lefthandwaving/
"Brief Encounter" appears in the May 2011 issue of Negative Suck. The link is here http://negativesuck.moonfruit.com/#/wordprompt-7/4551014526
"Where Were You?" is at Pure Slush. The link is here http://pureslush.webs.com/wherewereyou.htm
"The Magician" was the February 2011 Story of the Month in Bartleby Snopes. The link is here http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/themagician.htm
"The Ice Cream Cone Face" is in Apollo's Lyre. The link is here http://apollos-lyre.tripod.com/id232.html
In 52/250 A Flash Year I have a nine-part series starring Mirko, as well as some other pieces.
Other stories will appear soon in Windsor Review, New Sun Rising: an Anthology, In Between Altered States, r.kv.r.y and Lost in Thought Magazine.
The novel is unfolding, slowly, ever so slowly. The interconnected Mirko stories are being woven together, to be published in 2012.
After repressing my stories for most of my life a dam has burst and I cannot stop writing. So many stories, so little time.
From my homeland Karel Capek, Jaroslav Hasek, Pavol Dobsinsky, Jaroslav Seifert, Franz Kafka. Homer, Sophocles. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy. Balzac, Flaubert. Forster, Conrad, Orwell. Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, William Saroyan, Annie Proulx. My teacher and mentor Alistair MacLeod.
And of course hundreds of great short story writers beginning with Chekhov and Bunin through to Cheever, Salinger, Ron Carlson and Ursula Hegi.
I am indebted to all.
Ah, Andrew, thank you for stopping in my little Wall love story, and adding those ***s. Much appreciate the close read.
Congratulations on your big month! You are an excellent writer; the attention is well-deserved.
Thanks for reading my little construction, 'Listening to Neil Young...' and hope things continue to go well for you, Andrew.
Hi Andrew! Thanks for taking time to read "Are You Sure Charles Bukowski Did It This Way" and for your very funny comment! :-)
Thank you for the ! comments on my father piece. Much appreciated.
Thanks, Andrew, for reading and the * for three more of my little war stories.
i still remember the butcher knife line!
andrew, thanks so much for the kind words on my stories! very generous of you. i'll be certain to read your work very shortly, soon as the baby goes down! cheers.
Hang in there, Bubba.
Andrew, LOVE your Mirko series and hope to see more!! Keep on writing!! You are AMAZING!!!
Keep writing, Andrew. We're all better writers and readers for it. Thanks for sharing your work.
Andrew, thanks for reading and commenting on "Matisse..". I truly appreciate it. So glad you enjoyed.
Thanks for your nice comment & * on 'Reynolds and Me,' Andrew. I'm gathering them in one basket, see what I've got...
Thank you Andrew, for your reading and for your comments. I'm looking forward to reading your words!
hi andrew, thanks for commenting on "fox": i appreciate your generosity and i pass on your wish to see "gizella" published to the angels. someone will answer, i'm sure. merry days, also to mirko.
Thanks, Andrew, for your comments on The Lonely Heart Hunts. That shot seems to give it another dimension, all right.
Dear Andrew, thank you so much for your comment on "Soliloquy on Ma"--thanks for noticing "brutally unsentimental"--that means a lot--
Andrew, you absolutely made my night with your kind words about my stories. Thanks so much!
Hi Andrew. Thank you for your recent comment on "Three-handed Bridge." All the best.
Thank you for the lovely comment on 'Annie MacLeod'! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. The book I'm working on just now is set somewhere similar in my mind-scape, though it soon takes off to sea [literally]. You've got me thinking - perhaps I should look to the next step for Annie, maybe 'The rebirth of Annie MacLeod' or something similar. I do wonder what happened to her next. Glad it's not just me!
Andrew, I loved your comment on "Welcome to the Occupation." Thanks so much. I'm glad it rang true.
Andrew, I very much appreciate your words on Breaking Curfew, etc. Thank you! I look forward to reading your work and hope to be back soon to do so (I have very limited internet access at present). All best.
Just found "Mirko's Morning." How'd I miss it? Like all the rest, I love it. Poor Mirko. He missed his chance. *
Thanks for commenting on "Permission to Go," Andrew. I appreciate it very much.
andrew, the comment means a lot coming from you in particular—with your, because of family history—better rapport with revolution. thanks!
Thanks for commenting on "Interstate" Andrew. I'm very pleased you like it.
Andrew: Sometimes life writes our pieces for us. Thank you for your response to "2008, What I Wanted." I appreciate you.
you're welcome, andrew, mirko truly has the european feel...i also have a european story up, <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/moondog--2">moondog</a>: enjoy!
Hi Andrew: Thank you for coming by to read and like For Captain Paul. I appreciate it much.
Thanks for commenting on "Three Stories of You." Made my day!
Andrew, thanks for your response to "Hot Dish"; much appreciated. But when are we going to get the next episode of your series?
Thanks so much for your nice words on "Origin." I'm so glad you liked it!
Thanks for the welcome, Andrew.
Thank you for the warm welcome, Andrew.
Dear Andrew, thank you for rejecting the harsh word "rejection". I would like others to also sample your talents as they have sampled mine and yours and so many samples it gives on a stomach ache. It is only right, and with all of this rejection swirling around, it is not fair to say but it is not fair. -The Editorial Staff
Thanks, Andrew, for reading "Lettie"!
Andrew, thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid"
Thanks, Andrew, for your comment and Fave on "Trading Manhattan for Bentonville." The sad part is it's so close to reality, it's scarey! Thanks again.
Andrew, Thanks for your heartfelt comment and fave on Mothering in Real Time. Our children are approx the same ages! It's amazing to see them as adults, isn't it?
Andrew, thanks for the fave and the comment on "The running from San Pedro blues." Good to see the feedback this morning.
Hey, Andrew. Thanks for your review of my little story "Ants." When are you going give us another chapter of Mirko? Love the series.
Hi Andrew, thanks for taking time for House By The Sea. My approach to emotionally charged material is generally to understate and trust the reader, so your comment about avoiding sentimentality is encouraging, and much appreciated.
Andrew, Thanks so much for reading my stories. I appreciate it!
Thanks for reading The Uninvited Guest, Andrew. Fingers crossed that the novel gets published!
Andrew, red balloon accepted! Thanks for the kind words about my May 19th poem!
Hi Andrew! Thank you for reading and commenting on my story! :) Always nice to meet another writer who writes in English as (I presume) second language. My novel also consists of interconnected but separate stories. Looking forward to reading more of your stories.
Andrew really happy you enjoyed "Tool" and thanks for telling me!
Thank you Andrew. Enjoyed your bio and will be following your links.
Adrew, thanks for the fave and the great comment on "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis." Working hard on the novel(s), appreciate the support/nudge.
Andrew, thanks for reading Unintended Consequences, and so glad 2nd POV worked for you. It's a great POV to write in these super shorts -- so immediate and punchy. Peace...
Thank you so much for your generous comments! Universal, yes!! The torture chambers created by humans for humans!! I so appreciate your reading "Sinister Age of the Draft" and taking the time to comment so thoughtfully!!!!
Appreciate the kind words and fav for "The Bed" Andrew!
Andrew, thanks for the enthusiasm and the fave and comment on "The Rising."
Andrew: Thank you for your very generous remarks about my piece for my mother on mother's day. I hope you are having a good weekend and I look forward to reading your work.
Thank you for the kind words for "Empty", Andrew. Pleased to meet you here. Cheers, Kathy
Andrew, thanks for hunting up that story and giving me the chance to read your quite pleasant comment.
Thanks for faving "The Truth Will Out." I fear it hardly deserves that, but glad you liked it. Refund? Absolutely! The check is in the (e)mail.
Andrew, thanks for the fave on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on "What I wanted, 1946..." I'm so glad you love Flannery also! I never lose my enthusiasm for her work!!!!
Thank you, Andrew, for commenting on and faving "Son of Goya." Very pleased you like it.
Andrew, thanks ever so much for the fave and the generous comment on "Women? Don't get me started."
Thanks so much for your nice words on "Christina Heppel"- I have another story posted here, "Goodnight Dogs," that is part of the collection.
So glad you enjoyed it!
Andrew, thanks for the great comments and the faves on "She said" and "If a tree falls." Working hard on that novel now.
Andrew, love you back and thanks for Ringing
Wow! Cool comment on the Translator poem. Thanks so much, Andrew!
Andrew, thanks for your comments on “God Bless You, Mr. Rinsewater” and “Badabing Badaboom.” Appreciated!
Hi Andrew and welcome to fn! Thank you for your lovely comments on Sisters At The Lake and for the fav, much appreciated, and I do hope you're right! I look forward to reading your work here too.
Hi Andrew, thanks for your very kind words on my wall -- made my day. I look forward to getting to know you and your words as we journey here together. your background is fascinating. What is your novel about? I've read two outstanding 'novels' of connected stories lately and love te structure -- A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD and LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. My novels are almost done, too. But then again, are they ever really finished? Peace...
Hi Andrew! So glad you joined us at Fictionaut! Welcome to the site!
Thanks, Andrew, for reading and faving "Greyhound." I appreciate it very much.
Welcome to Fictionaut!
Welcome, Andrew! All four of my grandparents came from what was known at the turn of the 1900's as "Bohemia."
Hi Andrew, welcome to Fictionaut, and thanks very much for read/commenting on my story 2010, What I wanted.