Little (flash) Fiction.
Nearly two hundred submissions.
It took as a while, but we have our stories chosen for Little (flash) Fiction.
The compilation will be available on our site (as a free download, of course) on September 5th. And here’s what you can expect: stories about drownings, body parts, birds that fall from the sky, girlfriends, boyfriends, babies that never stood a chance, ghosts, religion and ritual.
It’s going to be a good time. And we haven’t even named names yet.
So here goes: Amanda Leduc, Len Kuntz, Will Johnson, Andrew F. Sullivan, Brad Rose, Sara Habein, Paul McQuade, Jessica Kluthe, Leesa Cross-Smith, Braydon Beaulieu, Vincent Scarpa, Peg Daniels, Jen Neale, and yours truly.
We. Are. Pumped.
Hope you are, too.
May was awesome.
And here’s why.
It was our first time experiencing short story month, which was a great way to promote our stuff. And, thanks to folks like Thomas Michael Duncan and many others, we discovered a bunch of great short stories as well.
Speaking of the site—and another first for us—we published four short stories in May: Little Birds by the sensational Sarah Flynn, A Few Loose Ends by the magnificent M.W. Fowler, Soul Gazing by the priceless Pete Grapentien, and Swarm Theory by the brilliant Braydon Beaulieu. If you them read, a million thanks. If not, you can grab your free downloads here.
And at the beginning of the month, we also announced our next compilation: Little (flash) Fiction. So far, we’ve been receiving way more submissions than we anticipated, and there’s still a month to go.
Lastly—certainly not least—May saw another first for us: we handed the reigns over to two-time Little Fiction author Will Johnson for an interview with Jay Hosking, writer of another Little Fiction title, Analogue.
Hence, the awesomeness of May.
Stay tuned for our next stories, coming to the site June 6: Extensions by Carissa Halston, and To Those Who Cut Us Down by Emily Walker. You can check out the cover art for both of those titles here. And we’ll have another interview by Will, this time with Calm, Ghosts author Meredith Hambrock.
Swarm Theory, by Braydon Beaulieu, is a wildly and well crafted short story about, or including, the following: ants, prayers, Jesus, floaters, hockey cards, congregations, confessions, pistachio nut ice cream, larvae, peanut butter, semen, bubble gum, robin eggs, queen ants, stolen yellow panties, Henrik Zetterberg, beer bottle caps, blueberry muffins, stolen Rolexes, and a box full of crumbs that will damn us all.
It’s been referred to as the story that Chuck Palahniuk would write if he were to write a story about Catholic ants. And we would tend to agree.
Little Fiction is about to turn six months old, and we’ll be celebrating next week with the release of four short stories (instead of our usual two):