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Queen’s Ferry’s Year-End Wrap-Up

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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

ON THE EDGES OF VISION Wins Big in Scotland!

We are delighted to announce that Helen McClory’s On the Edges of Vision has been named The Saltire Society First Book of the Year. These awards are recognized as the nation’s most prestigious annual book awards.

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About the collection, the esteemed judging panel said: “These are dark stories about the limits of the conscious and the darkness within. About a world where reality flickers in and out of focus disturbingly. The familiar is even more disturbing than the unfamiliar. These are stories that draw you back to re-read, but they continue to squirm out of final reach.”

The book triumphed over stiff competition; McClory says of the win: “I am utterly delighted that On the Edges of Vision has won this year’s Saltire First Book of the Year Award…. For the collection to…win this prize is a huge boost not just to myself but the press as well, highlighting QFP’s innovative mission. Sparklers in both hands, quite honestly.”

Helen McClory is a writer on the rise and Queen’s Ferry is proud to have published On the Edges of Vision. Congratulations, Helen!

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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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