Guest Editor: Stuart Dybek
Series Editor: Tara L. Masih
This second installment of The Best Small Fictions continues to celebrate the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words. Forty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Alberto Chimal, Toh EnJoe, Kathy Fish, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, R. O. Kwon, and Eliel Lucero—offer readers “some of the brightest concise writing available today” (NewPages). With spotlights on Texture Press and author Megan Giddings, the acclaimed new series, with its “finger on the pulse,” succeeds in its aim to make something big from many small things.
"The Best Small Fictions . . . could be at the forefront of a burgeoning cultural movement."
—Allan Drew for The Newtown Review of Books
Coming in October 2016, the second volume of The Best Small Fictions promises the same excitement and depth as the first.
Guest editor Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction: I Sailed With Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Both I Sailed With Magellan and The Coast of Chicago were New York Times Notable Books, and The Coast of Chicago was a One Book One Chicago selection. Dybek has also published two collections of poetry: Streets in Their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized, including work in both Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry. Among Dybek’s numerous awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize “for distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O. Henry Prizes, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2007 Dybek was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Series editor Tara L. Masih has won multiple book awards in her role as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle. Author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories, her flash has been anthologized in many collections, including Brevity & Echo, BITE, Flash Fiction Funny, and Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comic and Prose, and selected for the annual Wigleaf Top 50. Awards for her work include The Ledge Magazine’s fiction award and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations. www.taramasih.com
Assistant editor, international, Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor, and manuscript assessor, originally from the Chesapeake and based in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. She has lived aboard her sailboat for over twelve years and is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean, in and around Madagascar. While meandering around the watery edges of continents, she edits at Flash Frontier and Blue Five Notebook, and plays her part in New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day every June. In 2015, she was on the editing teams of Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton) and Voyaging with Kids (L & L Pardey). More at http://michelleelvy.com/.
Assistant editor, domestic, Clare MacQueen is Founding Editor and Publisher of KYSO Flash. She has also served as copy editor and webmaster for Serving House Journal since its inception five years ago, and is co-editor of Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life (Serving House Books, 2015). Her short fiction and essays appear in Firstdraft, Bricolage, and Serving House Journal, and her essays appear in the anthologies Best New Writing 2007 and Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging. Her nonfiction won an Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor’s Choice Award and was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in nonfiction.
Prose poetry consultant X. J. (Joe) Kennedy professed at Tufts until 1978. His latest books are Fits of Concision: collected poems of six or fewer lines (Grolier Book Shop, 2014) and a comic novel, A Hoarse Half-human Cheer (Curtis Brown Unlimited, 2015). He coauthored with Dana Gioia An Introduction to Poetry, 13th edition. A former poetry editor of Paris Review, Kennedy has received the Poets’ Prize, the Robert Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America, and the 2015 Jackson Poetry Prize.
Small fictions consultant Michael Martone's newest books are Winesburg, Indiana; Four for a Quarter; and Racing in Place. His book of hint fictions, Memoranda, is forthcoming from Bull City Press. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at the university there.
Small fictions consultant Dawn Raffel is the author of four books, two of which are collections of very short fiction (In the Year of Long Division and Further Adventures in the Restless Universe). Although she's at work on a biography, she frequently sneaks off to write flash.
Small fictions consultant Motoyuki Shibata edits Monkey Business, an English-language literary journal focusing on contemporary Japanese literature (published by A Public Space) as well as Monkey, a Japanese-language literary journal (published by Switch Publishing). A compulsive translator, his idea of fun is to translate great American fiction into Japanese in a pleasant park on a sunny spring day. Authors translated include Paul Auster, Steven Millhauser, Thomas Pynchon, Rebecca Brown, Barry Yourgrau, Laird Hunt, Charles Simic, and Kelly Link.
Small fictions consultant James Thomas is best known for coediting all the Flash Fiction and Sudden Fiction anthologies, including Flash Fiction International in 2015. He has received two NEA grants for his own fiction, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He has taught at the University of Utah and Wright State University in Ohio. His own collection of stories is Pictures, Moving.';