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BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2016 Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists!

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On announcing that Stuart Dybek would join Series Editor Tara L. BSF 2016 frontMasih as this year’s Guest Editor, we promised that The Best Small Fictions 2016 would offer “the same excitement and depth as the first” volume.

Without the many journals and presses that nominated their writers, as well as the writers themselves who poured so very much onto the page, we wouldn’t be able to say that we feel we’ve made good on our pledge.

We have to thank Assistant Editors Michelle Elvy and Clare MacQueen, and our expert roving editors who read countless stories: Michael Cocchiarale, Tara Laskowski, and Mary Slechta. Consulting editors X.J. Kennedy, Michael Martone, Dawn Raffel, Motoyuki Shibata, and James Thomas assisted Tara Masih in narrowing down hundreds of eligible stories. Finally, our greatest thanks goes to Stuart Dybek for selecting 45 exceptional stories from 100 finalists. Overall, thousands were narrowed down to the list below. So it is with great pleasure that we give you the winners, finalists, and semifinalists of the October-releasing Best Small Fictions 2016:

 

WINNERS

Amir Adam, “The Physics of Satellites” (One Throne Magazine)

Daniel Aristi, “Tempus Fugit” (SAND)

Tina Barry, “Going South” (from Mall Flower, Big Table Publishing Co.)

Paul Beckman, “Healing Time” (from Peek, Big Table Publishing Co.)

Laurie Blauner, “The Unsaid” (The Collagist)

John Brantingham, “The California Water War” (Tahoma Literary Review)

Alberto Chimal, “The Waterfall” (trans. George Henson, from Flash Fiction International, Norton)

Justin Lawrence Daugherty, “A Thing Built to Fly Is Not a Promise” (Pithead Chapel)

Toh EnJoe, from “Twelve Twitter Stories” (trans. David Boyd, Monkey Business International)

Grant Faulkner, “The Toad” (from Fissures, Press 53)

Grant Faulkner, “Way Station” (from Fissures, Press 53)

Kathy Fish, “A Room with Many Small Beds” (from Rift, Unknown Press)

Rosie Forrest, “Bless This Home” (from Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan, Rose Metal Press)

Megan Giddings, “Reunion” (PANK)

Megan Giddings, “Goodbye, Piano” (matchbook lit mag)

Amelia Gray, “These Are the Fables” (from Gutshot, FS&G)

Charles Hansmann, “Camouflage” (from KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka, KYSO)

Britt Haraway, “Papa, Too” (Great Weather for Media)

Mary-Jane Holmes, “Trifle” (The Tishman Review)

Laird Hunt, “Star Date (Avant-History)” (Monkey Business International)

A. Nicole Kelly, “Milk Teeth” (Fiction Southeast)

James Kennedy, “World’s Worst Clown” (SmokeLong Quarterly)

Etgar Keret, “The Story, Victorious” (trans. Nathan Englander, from Flash Fiction International, Norton)

R. O. Kwon, “Hey” (NOON)

Nathan Leslie, “A New Cycle” (from Root and Shoot, Texture Press)

Paul Lisicky, “Modernism” (from Shale, Texture Press)

Eliel Lucero, “The Herald” (Great Weather for Media)

Nancy Ludmerer, “First Night” (River Styx)

Melissa Manning, “Woodsmoke” (Overland)

Michael Martone, “In the Ditch, Minnesota I-35 . . .” (Quarter After Eight)

Elizabeth Morton, “Parting” (SmokeLong Quarterly)

David Naimon, “Past a Roar Completed” (Fiction International)

Jessica Plante, “Natural Disaster” (SmokeLong Quarterly)

Dianca London Potts, “Mama’s Comb” (Obsidian)

Dawn Raffel, “Conductivity” (Tammy)

James Reidel, “Black Out” (Fiction Southeast)

Sophie Rosenblum, “Strawberry Festival” (PRISM International)

Caitlin Scarano, “Pitcher of Cream” (Conium Press)

Vincent Scarpa, “Easter, 1991” (NANO Fiction)

Robert Scotellaro, “Bug Porn” (from What We Know So Far, Blue Light Press)

Courtney Sender, “The Solidarity of Fat Girls” (American Short Fiction)

Janey Skinner, “Carnivores” (KYSO Flash)

Curtis Smith, “Illusion” (Moon City Review)

Robert Vaughan, “A Box” (from Rift, Unknown Press)

Clio Velentza, “Midsummer Gothic” (Hermeneutic Chaos)

 

FINALISTS

Gareth David Anderson, “So Much” (Blue Monday Review)

Fay Aoyagi, “Confession” (Modern Haiku)

Britt Ashley, “Film Adaptation of a Love Scene from My Unread Copy of Wuthering Heights” (Juked)

Andy Bailey, “Cellar” (Hermeneutic Chaos)

Lauren Becker, “Form and Line” (Journal of Compressed Arts)

Annie Bilancini, “The House of Schiaparelli” (The Collagist)

Ali Brennan, “Feamainn” (Banshee)

Gerri Brightwell, “My Promotion” (Cleaver Magazine)

Jonathan Cardew, “The Season for Persephone” (Flash Frontier)

Kim Chinquee, “Touch Me” (100 Word Story)

Lisa J. Cihlar, “O Baptism, Sings the River” (from Shale, Texture Press)

James Claffey, “Hardscrabble” (Thrice Fiction)

Sheldon Lee Compton, “These Falling Stars” (Blue Five Notebook)

Kathy Fish, “A Proper Party” (from Rift, Unknown Press)

Rosie Forrest, “Where We Off To, Lulu Bee?” (from Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan, Rose Metal Press)

Vanessa Gebbie, “Three Stages in Learning to Fly” (from Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures, Liquorice Fish Books)

Amelia Gray, “On a Pleasant Afternoon, Every Battle Is Recalled” (from Gutshot, FS&G)

Carol Guess and Kelly Magee, “With Human” (from With Animal, Black Lawrence Press)

Re’Lynn Hansen, “The Ghost Horse” (from To Some Women I Have Known, White Pine Press’s Marie Alexander Series)

Aubrey Hirsch, “Afterbirth” (Booth Journal)

Tamsin Hopkins, “Death by Kissing” (Neon)

Jennifer A. Howard, “The Big Rip” (New South Journal)

Sabrina Huang, “There Is Nothing to Bind Our Hearts Together” (trans. Jeremy Tiang, Read Paper-Republic)

Gail Ingram, “Whispers” (Flash Frontier)

M. J. Iuppa, “641” (Nanoism)

Elizabeth Kerlikowske, “Reading Maps” (from The Female Complaint, Shade Mountain Press)

Julia LaSalle, “Helmet Shell” (Monkeybicycle)

Nathan Leslie, “The Miniaturist” (from Root and Shoot, Texture Press)

Kristie Letter, “Late July, Clover Lick, West Virginia” (Tahoma Literary Review)

Henry Wei Leung, “Getting There” (Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)

Fiona Lincoln, “Long Shadows” (Flash Frontier)

Bob Lucky, “The Current Situation” (from KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka, KYSO)

Ilana Masad, “In a World Gone Mad” (One Throne Magazine)

Jamey McDermott, “A Brief Dispatch on Proper Expectation Management” (The First Line)

Frankie McMillan, “The House on Riselaw Street” (Flash Frontier)

Christopher Merkner, “Up To and Including Our Limits” (Hotel Amerika)

Sabine Miller, “Keeping Cool” (Mariposa)

Geoffrey Miller, “The Belvedere: Iquitos” (defenestrationism)

David Morris, “Consumption” (Monkeybicycle)

Valerie Nieman, “Hotel Worthy” (from Hotel Worthy, Press 53)

Chris Okum, “To Keep the Dark Away” (Camroc Press Review)

Lisa Prince, “things found in rain puddles” (from Shale, Texture Press)

Doug Ramspeck, “Dog Memories” (Cleaver Magazine)

Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth, “Where the Doors Went” (from Camouflage Country, Queen’s Ferry Press)

Katey Schultz, “Paddy, the Albino” (KYSO Flash)

Amy Shearn, “2025” (People Holding)

T. L. Sherwood, “Pretty Changes” (Jellyfish Review)

Aaron Sommers, “Real Numbers” (Word Riot)

Kelly Stark, “Ceremony” (Corium)

Daniel Uncapher, “Infestation Miracles” (Neon)

Robert Vivian, “Last Minute Contributor” (Duende)

Deborah Walker, “Ghost Nebula” (from (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead, Purple Passion Press)

Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber, “Sleeping Beauty: Markson Fangirl” (Tahoma Literary Review)

Will White, “The Secret Underground Tooth Economy of Boston” (Strangelet Journal)

Diane Williams, “Specialist” (Granta)

 

SEMIFINALISTS

Annabel Banks, “Payment to the Universe” (matchbook lit mag)

Damyanti Biswas, “Picasso Dreams” (Bath Flash Fiction Award)

Ron Currie, Jr., “Cross Your Fingers God Bless” (Wigleaf)

John Englehardt, “This Is Great but You Don’t Need It” (Conium Press)

Elliott Freeman, “When I Was Afraid of My Grandfather’s Skin” (Blue Monday Review)

Lydia Copeland Gwyn, “Recipe” (Hermeneutic Chaos)

Mercedes Lawry, “Was there transposition?” (Cleaver Magazine)

Joshua Robert Long, “Occasional Self-Portrait, Part II” (The Harpoon Review)

Kelly Luce, “Outside” (NANO Fiction)

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell, “Whales in Minnesota” (NANO Fiction)

Marion Michell, “Cuffs and Collars” (SAND)

Samantha Murray, “Portrait of My Wife as a Boat” (Flash Fiction Online)

Ethel Rohan, “Dark Stars” (from Winesburg, Indiana)

Robert Scotellaro, “Weights and Measures” (from What We Know So Far, Blue Light Press)

Annesha Sengupta, “No More Broken Bones” (Pithead Chapel)

David Swann, “Children of Dirt and Thunder” (from Stronger Faster Shorter, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press)

Rachael Thomas, “Easter Sunday (triptych)” (Journal of Compressed Arts)

Dorothy (Hiu Hung) Tse, “Bridges” (trans. Nicky Harman, Read Paper-Republic)

Chris Tusa, “Winter Wonderland” (Corium)

Deb Olin Unferth, “The Walk” (NOON)

 


 

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.