Announced at AWP: The Best Small Fictions 2016, Guest Edited by Stuart Dybek

The Best Small Fictions 2016 Announcement

The flier above was distributed at AWP in Minneapolis. We are proud to announce the second volume of The Best Small Fictions will release in October of next year. Series Editor Tara L. Masih will be joined by Guest Editor Stuart Dybek, as well as Consulting Editors Motoyuj Shibata, Michael Martone, James Thomas, and Dawn Raffel.  View the flier above as a PDF.

The Best Small Fictions 2015, Guest Edited by Robert Olen Butler, is due to release in October. It has been a pleasure to work on this amazing volume.

QFP One of Alternating Current’s Favorite Small Presses!

The following is an excerpt from a recent post on Alternating Current’s blog, the spark. Author of The Word Made Flesh, Kevin Catalano, called Queen’s Ferry Press his favorite small press in celebration of Small Press Month:

Alternating Current Press
Alternating Current Press

How does one judge a small press? The most obvious criterion is by the quality of the work that’s published, but equally important is the integrity of the press’ editor and staff. After all, it’s the people who choose the writers, who shape the writing, who package and market the titles. Therefore, because of Erin McKnight, founding editor and publisher—and her new, tireless staff—Queen’s Ferry Press is my favorite small press.

I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Ms. McKnight during the process of getting my first book published, The Word Made Flesh. This was in 2012 when, to my knowledge, Ms. McKnight was the staff. The manuscript that she accepted for Queen’s Ferry’s imprint, firthFORTH Books, was a slim 58 pages, so one might think this would take a short week of edits: maybe one or two exchanges and off to the printer. After all, she had other submissions to read, other titles to promote. However, Ms. McKnight was as careful and thoughtful about perfecting my language as I was in crafting it. We went back and forth, Christ, probably ten times. At least. And it was never—not once—a frustrating experience. Rather, with every punctuation suggestion and syntax advice, she was teaching me. One might say that this is evidence of how sloppy my writing was! While I have no problem admitting my own writing flaws, I believe it is more testament to Erin McKnight’s editorial generosity: she gives herself over completely to the work.

As indefatigable as McKnight is, she has, in the past year, expanded her staff to include Kevin Wehmueller, Michael Evans, Melissa Schoeffel, Brian Mihok, and Adi Bracken. The result is an exciting catalog of staggeringly talented authors like Ethel Rohan, Aaron Burch, Kevin Grauke, Bayard Godsave, Heather Fowler, and so many other talents. One look at what’s forthcoming—titles by Sherrie Flick, Jen Michalski, Mel Bosworth, and Ryan Ridge—proves that Queen’s Ferry Press is just getting warmed up.

Kevin Catalano

Kevin Catalano
Kevin Catalano

Kevin Catalano joined Alternating Current after having his short stories accepted for Go Read Your Lunch and Poiesis Review #7 and becoming a finalist for The Luminaire Award for Best Prose. He is now our Assistant Staff Interviewer for The Inductor. Kevin was born and raised in Chittenango, New York, a small village that celebrates the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. He later moved to North Carolina, and proudly attended University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he earned his B.A. in English, then followed that with an M.A. and MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark University in New Jersey. He is the author of The Word Made Flesh, a collection of dark flash fiction and short stories from firthFORTH Books. Other stories have appeared in [PANK], Booth, Pear Noir!, Atticus Review, Gargoyle Magazine, FRiGG, and many other journals. His stories have also been anthologized in Press 53’s Surreal South ’13, Fiddleblack Annuals #1 and #2, and Dark House Press’ Exigencies. He teaches composition and literature at Rutgers-Newark University and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

FUTURE PERFECT, A Collection by Matt Babcock, Coming to Queen’s Ferry Press October 2016

Queen’s Ferry Press adds 12th title to 2016 new releases.

Plano, TX—April 1, 2015 Queen’s Ferry Press, an independent publisher providing a venue for fine literary fiction, announced it will publish Matt Babcock’s Future Perfect.

“I feel giddy bordering on euphoric to be making my fiction debut in the early days of my dotage (younger than Defoe but older than Katherine Anne Porter).  And to be doing it among the literary luminaries at Queen’s Ferry Press serves up some seriously savory gravy,” Babcock said.

Future Perfect is the result of twenty years of lunch-hour writing spurts, and it’s immensely gratifying for it to be selected by such a classy, high-quality press as Queen’s Ferry, where stories—sunburned, and brawny, and two-fisted—can bang elbows with readers outside the stuffy cubicles of big-house marketing.”

Future Perfect will release in October, 2016.

About the Author:

Matt Babcock
Matt Babcock

Professor by day and by night a man who goes to bed early, Matthew James Babcock has traipsed around the globe only to return home to Idaho, where he goes owling before sunrise, walks and bikes compulsively, and battles suburbia with his wife, Missy, and their five children.  His fiction has appeared in Dialogue, Wild Violet, Construct, Ampersand Review, The Battered Suitcase, The Rejected Quarterly, Starry Night Review, and White Whale Review.  Press 53 awarded his novella, “He Wanted to Be a Cartoonist for The New Yorker,” first prize in its annual competition.  He holds degrees from Utah State, Binghamton University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his scholarship on New England writer, Robert Francis, can be found in The Journal of Ecocriticism and Private Fire: The Ecopoetry and Prose of Robert Francis (University of Delaware Press).  He teaches writing and literature at BYU-Idaho.

Founded in 2011 as an independent publisher, Queen’s Ferry Press specializes in literary fiction. The press currently releases 6–12 titles a year, many from debut authors, and is the publisher of Shadows of Men, the 2013 recipient of the TIL Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. For book updates please contact Kevin Wehmueller, Marketing & Publicity of Queen’s Ferry Press, or visit



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