Ursula Villarreal-Moura is the author of Math for the Self-Crippling (2022), selected by Zinzi Clemmons as the Gold Line Press fiction contest winner, and Like Happiness (forthcoming with Celadon Books). 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, Story, Bennington Review, Wigleaf Top 50, and Gulf Coast. She contributed to Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction, a flash anthology by writers of color, and in 2012, she won the CutBank Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest. 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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Bennington Review: Issue 5


Fifth Wednesday Journal: Issue 23

"Origin, 1983"

Paper Darts, Vol. 8


"Fatima, midstride, circa 1988" 

 Jelly Bucket: Issue 7

"Gestalt, Etc." 

Folio: Volume 33


                    "Masterpieces", "Corrupt Computer", "Misinterpretations"

 The Normal School: Volume 9, Issue 2


"All the Dogs"

 Washington Square Review: Issue 35  


"Idiots in Spain" 

New South: Volume 7,Issue 2 


"Rubric for Your New England College Experience, 1998" 

NANO Fiction: Volume 7, Issue 2


"Blood Paisleys, 1990" and "Tabloid Totems" 

The Emerson Review: Volume 42


"Rosicrucian Triptych" 

CutBank: Issue 78



Bennington Review 


"Husband in Translation

Cosmonauts Avenue


"The Equivalent of _____"



"Through Sophia Loren Glasses"



"Sad Girl, 1992"



"Abacus of Self-Improvement"



"Angry Signatures"

Nashville Review


"Tabloid Totems"

Columbia Journal


"Last Chapter on Hotel Stationery"

The Butter 


"Math for the Self-Crippling"

Literary Orphans


"Curriculum Vitae"


"Blood Paisleys, 1990" & "Rubric for Your New England College Experience, 1998"



"The Posture of a Gentleman"

The Atticus Review


"Short Answers"



"Ambulances Are Coming for You" 



"The Russian Word for Twins"

The Weekly Rumpus


"Effigies of Ourselves"



"The Fur of My Insecurities"

Lunch Ticket

"Parts of Laura Palmer"

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"One Earring"



"Macroscopic Sacred Puzzles"

The Eckleburg Review


"Daily Dictionaries"



"Hands on Metallic Ponds"

Black Heart Magazine


"Rosicrucian Triptych"



"How Much You Want It"

Eunoia Review




"Of Spanish and My Grandmother"



"Two Scenarios Involving Manuel G. Villarreal"

Tin House

"José Villarreal..." and "Sulema Villarreal..."

Midnight Breakfast, Issue 16

"Saigon, 1969"

Passages North, Issue 40

"Chiên Tranh, 1970

Los Angeles Review


"Muir Beach"

Folio: Volume 32, 2017


"Exhibits of Camille and Ursula 2004-2015"



"Future Calendars"

Big Muddy


"Requiem for Self-Respect"

Folio: Volume 31, 2016

"Fox Coats and Dictionaries: A History of My Flash Education"

SmokeLong Quarterly


"Le Divorce: Living (and Not Living) with Diane Johnson"

Bennington Review


"Interrupted Love Story"

Sundog Lit


"Brief History of  Deleted Character"

The Austin Review 


"Concise Multiplicity"

The Eckleburg Review 



Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction 

Extinguished and Extinct: An Anthology of Things That No Longer Exist



Q&A with The Austin Review 


5Q4Q with Quiddity

Book Reviews


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

by Mona Awad


My Salinger Year

by Joanna Rakoff

High Rise Stories

by Audrey Petty













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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