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BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2016 Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists!

Download the printable list: Winners, Finalists, Semifinalists Announcement

 

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)

 


 

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!

On the Edges of Vision frontcover

 

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!

 

 

THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2016 Nomination Time!

“I believe The Best Small Fictions series, which will begin with this 2015 volume, is an extraordinarily important literary event. The art form of the small fiction speaks strongly to the zeitgeist of the 21st century and this sort of focused recognition is long overdue.”

–Robert Olen Butler

With The Best Small Fictions 2015 launched (and now available on international sites BookDepository and bol.com), we are heartened by the support we’ve received and the wonderful reviews, many of which are coming from readers unfamiliar with flash who are discovering this genre for the first time, and who are finding a new appreciation for the form. Readers are commenting on the exceptional variety in the book, and we hope to continue to highlight the field’s diversity. They are also enjoying the discovery of new journals and presses.

Just this week NYU hosted some The Best Small Fictions 2015 authors as part of the McGhee Inside/Outside Reading Series:

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As we look ahead to The Best Small Fictions 2016, guest edited by PEN/Malamud Award–winner Stuart Dybek, and with Tara L. Masih at the helm as series editor, we invite you to send in your nominations, starting November 1. As our guidelines and FAQs have recently changed, they are posted below in full, and are also available on the QFP site: http://www.queensferrypress.com/bsf/bsf2016guidelines.pdf

The Best Small Fictions 2016 Nomination Guidelines

Queen’s Ferry Press—founded to promote collections of literary fiction—is pleased to publish the first contemporary anthology solely devoted to compiling the best short hybrid fiction in a calendar year. With this annual—honoring work appearing in literary journals and story collections worldwide—we seek to promote the seasoned writer as well as the emerging writer in a compilation that reveals the depth of literary fiction and highlights historical trends as they occur due to world events and human considerations. The Best Small Fictions is a brief, affordable, yet powerful reader that supplements instructors’ current classroom anthologies and texts and offers writers and readers examples of what their contemporaries are achieving.

Journal editors and book publishers: submit up to five nominations (print or online) from your journals, chapbooks, broadsides, or story collections. Small fictions consist of 6 words to 1,000 words, and may take any traditional or experimental form and include illustrations or photos. However, the fictions must be prose and self-contained (no novel/novella excerpts) and published/translated into English. Poetry that sits on the edge of fiction and verse may be submitted, but should be mainly in prose form (haibuns qualify). Small fictions must be published in 2015 and submitted November 1, 2015, until January 18, 2016 (postmark deadline). NOTE: foreign submissions have a January 11 postmark deadline.

Submission Checklist:

  • Up to 5 nominations (tearsheets, printouts, or photocopies)
  • 2 copies of each nominated small fiction
  • Cover letter (editor email contact info; author/artist email contact info; publication info and word count)

Do not send originals as all submissions will be recycled. We accept no email submissions. Mail nominations to:

Best Small Fictions 2016

c/o Tara Masih, series ed.

3321 Haley Point Rd.

St. Augustine, FL 32084

 

Questions regarding the nomination process may be sent to series editor Tara Masih at QueensFerrySmallFictions@gmail.com, but queries as to the status of a nomination will go unanswered. Use tracking or enclose an SASE of you want acknowledgment of receipt. The 2016 guest editor, PEN/Malamud Award–winner Stuart Dybek, will be judging the finalists blindly. At no time may the guest editor be contacted.

Writers accepted will be notified late spring, with a publication date in Oct. 2016. Finalists will be acknowledged in the book.

For updates, please see the Queen’s Ferry Press blog, like our “The Best Small Fictions” Facebook page, or follow @Qfpress on Twitter.

Frequently Asked Questions:

You mention you are looking for hybrid work. Can I send in my flash story, which is not considered hybrid?

Yes, we use hybrid lightly to encompass the whole genre of small fictions, as we consider flash stories to fall under the hybrid umbrella. Traditional and experimental are both welcome.

In what year do the stories have to be published?

Within January 1 and December 31 of the calendar year in which the submission period begins. If the story has yet to appear, the manuscript is welcome as long as there is a commitment to publish by the 31st.

Can the stories receive an edit before submission?

Yes, as long as a substantial part of the story remains as it appeared in the publication, edits are acceptable.

What rights are you asking for?

We are going to ask for one-time republication rights to revert back to the author on publication.

Should the pages of each story be stapled or paper-clipped together, or should all pages in the packet remain loose? 

 

All methods are acceptable.

 

When printing stories from the web, is it acceptable to hand-print the author’s contact information at the top of the first page?

 

Yes, but we still need a cover letter with the nominating editor’s name and email and word counts either on the story or in the cover letter.

 

If bios appear at the beginning or end of each story, is it okay to include them, or do I need to cut and paste those stories into Word and strip out the bios?

 

It is fine to retain bios; they will be stripped out for the guest editor. Cutting and pasting the stories into Word is acceptable, too, and has its benefits, as word counts can then be verified, but this is totally optional.

 

Are stories that won competitions eligible?

 

Yes, as long as they appeared in print or on a website as a published winner.

 

If a story collection includes stories published prior to the calendar year, can they be nominated?

 

Yes, as long as the collection was published in the nominating year, each story is eligible.

 

Is self-published work eligible?
Not at this time. The same applies to Fictionaut and similar venues.

How are winners and finalists notified?
We send winners and their nominating editors personal emails in the spring; finalists are notified in a group email and asked to let their nominating editors know their status.

Announced at AWP: The Best Small Fictions 2016, Guest Edited by Stuart Dybek

The Best Small Fictions 2016 Announcement

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.