THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2016 Nomination Time!

“I believe The Best Small Fictions series, which will begin with this 2015 volume, is an extraordinarily important literary event. The art form of the small fiction speaks strongly to the zeitgeist of the 21st century and this sort of focused recognition is long overdue.”

–Robert Olen Butler

With The Best Small Fictions 2015 launched (and now available on international sites BookDepository and bol.com), we are heartened by the support we’ve received and the wonderful reviews, many of which are coming from readers unfamiliar with flash who are discovering this genre for the first time, and who are finding a new appreciation for the form. Readers are commenting on the exceptional variety in the book, and we hope to continue to highlight the field’s diversity. They are also enjoying the discovery of new journals and presses.

Just this week NYU hosted some The Best Small Fictions 2015 authors as part of the McGhee Inside/Outside Reading Series:

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As we look ahead to The Best Small Fictions 2016, guest edited by PEN/Malamud Award–winner Stuart Dybek, and with Tara L. Masih at the helm as series editor, we invite you to send in your nominations, starting November 1. As our guidelines and FAQs have recently changed, they are posted below in full, and are also available on the QFP site: http://www.queensferrypress.com/bsf/bsf2016guidelines.pdf

The Best Small Fictions 2016 Nomination Guidelines

Queen’s Ferry Press—founded to promote collections of literary fiction—is pleased to publish the first contemporary anthology solely devoted to compiling the best short hybrid fiction in a calendar year. With this annual—honoring work appearing in literary journals and story collections worldwide—we seek to promote the seasoned writer as well as the emerging writer in a compilation that reveals the depth of literary fiction and highlights historical trends as they occur due to world events and human considerations. The Best Small Fictions is a brief, affordable, yet powerful reader that supplements instructors’ current classroom anthologies and texts and offers writers and readers examples of what their contemporaries are achieving.

Journal editors and book publishers: submit up to five nominations (print or online) from your journals, chapbooks, broadsides, or story collections. Small fictions consist of 6 words to 1,000 words, and may take any traditional or experimental form and include illustrations or photos. However, the fictions must be prose and self-contained (no novel/novella excerpts) and published/translated into English. Poetry that sits on the edge of fiction and verse may be submitted, but should be mainly in prose form (haibuns qualify). Small fictions must be published in 2015 and submitted November 1, 2015, until January 18, 2016 (postmark deadline). NOTE: foreign submissions have a January 11 postmark deadline.

Submission Checklist:

  • Up to 5 nominations (tearsheets, printouts, or photocopies)
  • 2 copies of each nominated small fiction
  • Cover letter (editor email contact info; author/artist email contact info; publication info and word count)

Do not send originals as all submissions will be recycled. We accept no email submissions. Mail nominations to:

Best Small Fictions 2016

c/o Tara Masih, series ed.

3321 Haley Point Rd.

St. Augustine, FL 32084

 

Questions regarding the nomination process may be sent to series editor Tara Masih at QueensFerrySmallFictions@gmail.com, but queries as to the status of a nomination will go unanswered. Use tracking or enclose an SASE of you want acknowledgment of receipt. The 2016 guest editor, PEN/Malamud Award–winner Stuart Dybek, will be judging the finalists blindly. At no time may the guest editor be contacted.

Writers accepted will be notified late spring, with a publication date in Oct. 2016. Finalists will be acknowledged in the book.

For updates, please see the Queen’s Ferry Press blog, like our “The Best Small Fictions” Facebook page, or follow @Qfpress on Twitter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

You mention you are looking for hybrid work. Can I send in my flash story, which is not considered hybrid?

Yes, we use hybrid lightly to encompass the whole genre of small fictions, as we consider flash stories to fall under the hybrid umbrella. Traditional and experimental are both welcome.

In what year do the stories have to be published?

Within January 1 and December 31 of the calendar year in which the submission period begins. If the story has yet to appear, the manuscript is welcome as long as there is a commitment to publish by the 31st.

Can the stories receive an edit before submission?

Yes, as long as a substantial part of the story remains as it appeared in the publication, edits are acceptable.

What rights are you asking for?

We are going to ask for one-time republication rights to revert back to the author on publication.

Should the pages of each story be stapled or paper-clipped together, or should all pages in the packet remain loose? 

 

All methods are acceptable.

 

When printing stories from the web, is it acceptable to hand-print the author’s contact information at the top of the first page?

 

Yes, but we still need a cover letter with the nominating editor’s name and email and word counts either on the story or in the cover letter.

 

If bios appear at the beginning or end of each story, is it okay to include them, or do I need to cut and paste those stories into Word and strip out the bios?

 

It is fine to retain bios; they will be stripped out for the guest editor. Cutting and pasting the stories into Word is acceptable, too, and has its benefits, as word counts can then be verified, but this is totally optional.

 

Are stories that won competitions eligible?

 

Yes, as long as they appeared in print or on a website as a published winner.

 

If a story collection includes stories published prior to the calendar year, can they be nominated?

 

Yes, as long as the collection was published in the nominating year, each story is eligible.

 

Is self-published work eligible?
Not at this time. The same applies to Fictionaut and similar venues.

How are winners and finalists notified?
We send winners and their nominating editors personal emails in the spring; finalists are notified in a group email and asked to let their nominating editors know their status.

Queen’s Ferry Title Shortlisted for a Saltire Literary Award

We are thrilled to announce that Scotland’s Saltire Society, at simultaneous announcement ceremonies held in Edinburgh and London, has shortlisted Helen McClory’s On the Edges of Vision for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. As these prizes are widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious literary awards, Queen’s Ferry couldn’t be more proud of Helen—regardless of the winners’ announcement in Edinburgh on November 26th.

On the Edges of Vision is described in the announcement as “a collection of dark short stories and prose poetry about the limits of the conscious and the darkness within from Edinburgh-based writer Helen McClory.”

Reviewing the title for Monkeybicycle, Ariell Cacciola calls the book: “A debut collection that lingers in the curves of your eyes and during the double-blink gazes of late night shadows, Helen McClory has wound tight, unexpected stories… On the Edges of Vision is simmering…. If anything, McClory’s monsters are both homely and unfamiliar, and the tangle is what makes this collection ever so enjoyable.”

Why not pick up the book for yourself and see what all the fuss is about, or read the full Saltire Literary Awards press release.

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THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2015 Readings

Events kick off this week in NYC in support of The Best Small Fictions 2015:

Sunday, October 25KGB Bar Reading Series, KGB Bar, NYC
Lisa Marie Basile, Randall Brown, Jesse Kohn (finalist), Jane Liddle, and Julia Strayer (with Amina Gautier)

Wednesday, October 28 — McGhee Inside/Outside Reading Series, NYU Bookstore, NYC
Rusty Barnes, Lisa Marie Basile, Randall Brown, George Choundas, Jesse Kohn (finalist), Jane Liddle, Dawn Raffel, Kathryn Savage, and Julia Strayer

Special thanks to NYU’s Julia Strayer and Ruth Danon for their hard work on this event.

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ADULTEROUS GENERATION NOW LIVE

I first encountered Amy L. Clark’s writing in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press); I’m now thrilled to publish her Adulterous Generation, a collection that “follows young people using what they have to try to create lives for themselves in our still-new century.”

About the book, Christopher Boucher (How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive), says: “Amy Clark’s stories are flash floods, full of moments both poignant and devastating. Step into Adulterous Generation and let the waters rise around you.”

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The book page is now now live on the Queen’s Ferry site–why not stop by and learn more about this January 2016 title?

THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2015 Launches!

The Best Small Fictions 2015 is now available through Amazon, Amazon UK, and other online retailers such as Barnes & Noble for the general release date of October 6, 2015; the ebook (Nook and Kindle) will be released early for international readers and downloadable on the 6th.

As we approach the official launch, we feel this is a good time to share some exciting anthology news.

A wonderful new review is in from BookTrib in which Rebecca Foster says, “Super-short stories . . . have exploded in popularity. Where should newbies start? With Best Small Fictions 2015 . . . [r]eaders will be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent…. Discover some haunting voices for yourself this fall.”

BookCourt, located in Brooklyn, was first to carry BSF copies, displaying the book prominently in its window:

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Many thanks to BookCourt for their support. We are also grateful to the following bookstores for recent orders: Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA), Well Read Books (Plaistow, NH), and The Brewster Bookstore (Brewster, MA). The press also appreciates when readers request that their local bookstore carry a Queen’s Ferry title.

We’re also pleased to announce that as of this date the anthology will be taught at Baldwin Wallace University, CW Post College, Georgia State University, Hendrix College, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Regis University.

Events and readings for 2015-16 are scheduled on the East and West Coast:

*25 October, 2015KGB Bar Reading Series, KGB Bar, New York, NY
Lisa Marie Basile, Randall Brown, Jesse Kohn (finalist), Jane Liddle, and Julia Strayer (with Amina Gautier)
*28 October, 2015NYU Bookstore, New York, NY
Rusty Barnes, Lisa Marie Basile, Randall Brown, George Choundas, Jesse Kohn (finalist), Jane Liddle, Dawn Raffel, Kathryn Savage, and Julia Strayer
*7 January, 2016Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA
Lauren Becker, Yennie Cheung, James Claffey, Blake Kimzey, and Chris L. Terry
*4 February, 2016Flash Fiction Collective, Alley Cat Books, San Francisco
Stefanie Freele and Dan Moreau (with Jane Ciabattari and Grant Faulkner)
*3 June, 2016Dire Reading Series, Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Allison Adair (finalist), Rusty Barnes, Randall Brown, Tara L. Masih, and Brent Rydin
*30 April, 2016 – Best Small Fictions: The Art of Compression, Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA
Tara L. Masih, Dawn Raffel, and Brent Rydin

Please watch this blog for updates, visit and like The Best Small Fictions 2015 Facebook page, and/or follow @QFPress on Twitter.

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A year in the making, it is with great pleasure that Queen’s Ferry acknowledges everyone who has helped make this debut “something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary.”

Without the editors who nominated stories, there could be no book; we appreciate your faith. To the BSF finalists and winners: your writing made this anthology a vibrant, compelling volume we are proud to publish. To the 2015 consulting editors Kathy Fish, Christopher Merkner, Robert Shapard, and Claudia Smith, and roving editors Michelle Elvy and Clare MacQueen: we are in debt to you. We’re also appreciative for the general assistance of Heather L. Nelson. Gratitude to Steven Seighman for his interior design, and to Brian Mihok for so strikingly covering the book.

We are immensely grateful to Robert Olen Butler, who lent this project his prominence and wisdom and helped give the anthology its best start. Tara L. Masih is the reason this book exists at all and to thank her for her experience, expertise, and dedication feels flimsy but is offered most sincerely; I’m sure the authors agree that Tara gave her all to make The Best Small Fictions 2015 the very best representation of short short fiction.

And finally, we are immensely thankful to those who have bought a book or otherwise supported this title or the press.

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The 2016 nomination period will open November 1; be sure to check out the updated guidelines and read the 2016 editor bios.