Ursula Villarreal-Moura is the author of Math for the Self-Crippling (Gold Line Press, 2022). She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of Middlebury College, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was a VONA/Voices fellow. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including Tin House, Catapult, Prairie Schooner, Midnight Breakfast,Washington Square, Nashville Review, Hobart, Bennington Review,Wigleaf Top 50, and LUMINA. In 2012, she won the CutBank Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest, and her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, a Pushcart Prize, and longlisted for Best American Short Stories 2015.  

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Pushcart Prize nomination:


Bennington Review


Pushcart Prize nomination:

"Brief History of a Deleted Character"

The Austin Review


Winner of the CutBank 2012 Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest

Fiction featured in Longform Fiction

Fiction featured in Longreads: 10 Outstanding Stories to Read in 2019


Fiction featured in Longreads: In Your Dreams: A Reading List

Wigleaf Top 50:

"Math for the Self-Crippling"

Literary Orphans

Best of the Net nomination:

"The Equivalent of ___"


Best Small Fictions 2018 nomination:

"Through Sophia Loren Glasses


Finalist for Split Lip's 2018 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest

"Math for the Self-Crippling"   

Semi-finalist in Rose Metal Press' Short Short Chapbook Contest:

"Abacus of Self-Improvement" 

Best American Short Stories 2015 (longlisted):

"Idiots in Spain"

New South


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