2015 has been a banner year for Queen’s Ferry Press! This year saw the release of twelve titles, to include flash, hybrid, alternate-history and traditional story collections, as well as our first novel; these books, we believe, encapsulate the press’s eclectic aesthetic and advance our commitment to publishing innovative fiction.
2016 will see the release of a title every month (two in October), and features an impressive and varied line-up of voices and works:
Jan. – Adulterous Generation, Amy L. Clark
Feb. – So Many True Believers, Tyrone Jaeger
March – Whiskey, Etc., Sherrie Flick
April – In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, Sarah Van Arsdale
May – Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall, James Magruder
June – Middle West, Marc Watkins
July – Bad Faith, Theodore Wheeler
Aug. – The Summer She Was Under Water, Jen Michalski
Sept. – The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, Chauna Craig
Oct. – Future Perfect, Matthew James Babcock
The Best Small Fictions 2016, Tara L. Masih; Stuart Dybek
Nov. – Lesser American Boys, Zach VandeZande
Dec. – Everyone Was There, Anthony Varallo
Before we lift our eyes to the new year, however, we celebrate our recent successes:
Helen McClory was just last month named winner of the Saltire Society’s First Book of the Year Award for On the Edges of Vision. This QFP title got to rub shoulders at literary awards recognized as the most prestigious in Scotland, with the likes of Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. We are thrilled for Helen!
October saw another exciting avenue of growth take root with the release of the bestselling The Best Small Fictions. Shepherded by series editor Tara L. Masih and guest edited in 2015 by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler, this contemporary annual is solely devoted to compiling the best hybrid fiction in a calendar year. We are heartened by the response to this anthology’s debut and very much look forward to the 2016 compilation, guest edited by Stuart Dybek.
Nominations are currently open; please consult the full guidelines.
In that vein, here are our own selections for The Best Small Fictions 2016:
Ben Segal – “Planters” (from Pool Party Trap Loop; originally appeared in Digital Hamper)
Greg Gerke – “High on the Thigh” (from My Brooklyn Writer Friend; originally appeared in The Collagist)
Helen McClory – “Pretty Dead Girl Takes a Break” (from On the Edges of Vision; originally appeared in The Toast)
Rob McClure Smith – “Glasgow Lullaby” (from The Violence; originally appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly)
Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth – “The Next Room” (from Camouflage Country; originally appeared in the EEEL)
We eagerly anticipate what’s to come and thank you for your support for all that’s been!