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.
This summer has been a busy one for the press. Recent months have seen the release of Mary McCarthy Prize-winner Jerry Gabriel’s second collection of fiction, The Let Go (May); Ben Segal’s experimental Pool Party Trap Loop (June); O. Henry Prize-winner George McCormick’s conceptually astonishing Inland Empire (July); and Scottish writer Helen McClory’s On the Edges of Vision (August).
Fall/winter titles include September’s My Brooklyn Writer Friend by Greg Gerke; Rob McClure Smith’s The Violence, a collection I first read years ago and haven’t been able to shake since (October); Ben Nickol’s debut story collection, Where the Wind Can Find It, follows in November; and Ryan Ride and Mel Bosworth’s collaborative and illustrated Camouflage Country comes at the end of 2015.
We’re excited to see several press titles—to include This Darksome Burn, Crude Sketches Done in Quick Succession, We Bury the Landscape, and The Best Small Fictions 2015—included in college syllabi around the country this school year.
The Best Small Fictions 2015 is ready for its big reveal, with pre-ordering available on August 25th.
The last day of the month reflects the end of the reading period; notifications will be made in the fall. I look forward to the reading that awaits!
Subscription time is also swinging around shortly. Many thanks to those who supported Queen’s Ferry and its authors last year—we hope the 2016 titles also appeal.
Keep an eye on the blog—many more announcements to come. And as always, thanks for reading!