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:
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, 2015 – KGB 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, 2015 — NYU 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, 2016 — Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA
Lauren Becker, Yennie Cheung, James Claffey, Blake Kimzey, and Chris L. Terry
*4 February, 2016 – Flash Fiction Collective, Alley Cat Books, San Francisco
Stefanie Freele and Dan Moreau (with Jane Ciabattari and Grant Faulkner)
*3 June, 2016 – Dire 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
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.
Ahead of its fall release, we offer you the cover, designed by Brian Mihok, of The Best Small Fictions 2015:
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.
firthFORTH author of Beneath The Liquid Skin, Berit Ellingsen, updates us on her most recent activity: from essays on gaming to the empty, frigid arctic, Ellingsen has continued to show both the range and precision displayed in her 2012 collection.
After Beneath the Liquid Skin came out, French author François Bon translated my novel The Empty City to French. The novel came out in French as Une ville vide in the summer of 2013, published by Publiemonde and Publienet.
In 2013 I wrote a novel with the working title Landscapes, Fragments (an excerpt, “Grains of Sand” is here). It’s a story about climate change and personal agency, and has been picked up by an American publisher. But I can’t say more about it before they make it official. I am, however, over the moon to see the novel come out, because it’s about issues that are very dear to me.
I completed the revisions of Landscapes Fragments, then began on a follow-up in early 2014, because there seemed to be more to the story. That novel is not fully revised yet, but close.
Last year I also wrote two essays for British lit mag Litro’s blog, one about a visit to the world’s northernmost abandoned town, and one about computer games and architecture. Both pieces were really fun to write and a nice change of pace after two novels in a row.
Those essays inspired a series of memoiristic fiction/hybrid genre-linked essays about gaming, games, people, and memory, one of which was published in Entropy Magazine. The essay series is currently in slush and may be expanded.
In 2014 I also completed some short stories, but fewer than the years before. One is scheduled to come out in Black Candies’ anthology Surveillance, edited by Ryan Bradford. The TOC for the anthology hasn’t been published yet, but previous Black Candies have included stories by Aaron Burch, Sarah Rose Etter, Zack Wentz etc.
Another of my more science-fiction’y stories, “Dancing on the Red Planet”, which was first published in the anthology Rocket Science, edited by Ian Sales, and nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 2012, was reprinted in the anthology World SF 3, edited by Lavie Tidhar. This anthology was chosen as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, which was fantastic!
This coming spring my flash story about Cold War spies, “Sovetskoye Shampanskoye”, will be reprinted in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, which has an amazing line-up that includes Nobel laureate Czeslav Milosz, Kim Young-ha, and Ethel Rohan.
Another short story, “Boyfriend and Shark”, first published in Paul Jessup’s Coffinmouth, will be reprinted in The Humanity of Monsters, edited by Michael Matheson. This anthology features stories by well-known SFF writers such as Peter Watts, Yoon Ha Lee, Indrapramit Das, etc.
I also have in slush a long essay about last summer’s trip to the Arctic and am also working on a few short stories. My short stories since Beneath the Liquid Skin have had an apocalyptic theme to them, so that may be the foundation for a future collection. I would also like to explore the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, and memoir and ekphrasis further.
But first and foremost, my new novel is out this year, and release details will be public as soon as they’re ready.
Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared or will appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, Metazen, decomP, Unstuck, and other literary journals. Her novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence. Berit’s short story collection, Beneath the Liquid Skin, was published by firthFORTH Books in November 2012. That year one of her stories was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and another for the British Science Fiction Award. Find out more at beritellingsen.com.
This Friday marks the international nominations deadline for The Best Small Fictions of 2015.
International nominations have come in from Japan, Australia, Cyprus, The Netherlands, India, Canada and the UK.
We’re very pleased with the response from editors so far, but please submit your nominations and–if you haven’t yet–announce them to your readers! Show your support for this long overdue compilation the best of the smallest fiction available!
Queen’s Ferry Press set to release a new anthology of the best short hybrid fiction in October, 2015.
Plano, TX, November 17, 2014—Queen’s Ferry Press is pleased to announce the debut of the first contemporary anthology to compile the best short hybrid fiction in a calendar year. To date, there is no annual print recognition of the best examples of this exciting new work appearing in literary journals and story collections from throughout the world. With this new annual, we seek to promote the seasoned writer as well as the new writer in a compilation that will reveal the depth of literary fiction and highlight historical trends as they occur due to world events and human considerations. The Best Small Fictions is a brief, affordable, yet powerful reader that will supplement instructors’ current classroom anthologies and texts and will offer writers and readers examples of what their contemporaries are achieving worldwide.
Notifications will be made in late spring, ahead of an October 2015 release date.
The press is proud to announce award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as Series Editor and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler as this year’s Guest Editor.
Interested editors should download the full nomination guidelines.
About the Editors:
Tara L. Masih has won multiple book awards as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories was a National Best Books Award finalist. Her flash has been anthologized in Word of Mouth, Brevity & Echo, BITE, and Flash Fiction Funny; was featured in Fiction Writer’s Review for National Short Story Month; and was a finalist for the Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction. Awards for her work include first place in The Ledge Magazine’s fiction contest and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations. www.taramasih.com
Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short stories, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and three of which—Severence,Intercourse, and Weegee Stories—are comprised entirely of small fictions (225 in all). He has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He was the 2013 recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
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