Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press

The Press, founded in 2015, publishes chapbooks and books of quality flash fiction. The managing editors are Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler.

Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press is pleased to announce the publication of Vanessa Gebbie’s chapbook Nothing to Worry About: Flash Fictions, edited by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (2018).

Welcome to the strange, fertile world of Vanessa Gebbie’s imagination in this collection of irreal flash fictions, in which little makes sense and yet everything does. A sea lion learns to fly. A man wakes to find his head is triangular. Babies talk. Sextants grow inside a man’s chest. Bella’s iron tablets work rather too well. And Daphne grows bonsai in a plethora of odd places. After all, the world keeps turning, and people occasionally do strange things – but then, that’s life, and life is nothing to worry about … Or is it?


‘How do you make the ordinary surreal and the surreal ordinary in fiction? Vanessa Gebbie manages this brilliantly in her new collection of darkly comic and often poignant flash fictions.’
Jude Higgins, author of The Chemist’s House; director of Flash Fiction Festival (UK).

‘These beautifully crafted flash fictions shine a light on the mundane and the outlandish. Nothing to Worry About is a magnificent collection: odd, unsettling, captivating.’
Gary Duncan, author of You’re Not Supposed Cry.

‘Vanessa Gebbie has a gift for comedy and vivid expression, yet she’s also a conjuror, unsettling us with strange transformations. These stories range from domestic surrealism to menacing dystopian fantasy to enigmatic narratives, full of suggestion. Magical stuff.’
Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge.

‘Vanessa Gebbie’s flash fictions are by turns funny, elliptical and poignant. Here, the ordinary is odd, and the extraordinary believable: people alter their homes and un-alter them when the changes are unsettling; a memory archaeologist meets a man who oozes kindness; a drowned corpse is claimed by many but no one is actually sure who it belongs to; a dismembered wife may not want to be reassembled. Gebbie is a prodigiously gifted writer.’
Nuala O’Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter, Of Dublin and Other Fictions, Mother America, and Nude.

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.

Vanessa Gebbie is a writer of stories from 10 to 100,000 words. She is author of the short-fiction collections Words from a Glass Bubble (2008), Storm Warning: Echoes of Conflict (2010), A Short History of Synchronised Breathing and Other Stories (2017), and Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures (with illustrations by Lynn Roberts; 2015). Also the novel The Coward’s Tale (2011) and the poetry collections The Half-Life of Fathers (2013) and Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen (2016). She is editor of the textbook Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (2009/2013), which includes craft chapters by 26 acclaimed writers of the genre.

Vanessa has taught for the Arvon Foundation, New Writing South, The Arts Council, London’s Spread the Word and The Word Factory, Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Vienna Writers’ Studio, and Creative Retreats in Venice, as well as at literary festivals, schools, and universities. She frequently mentors other writers.

Her work has been supported by an Arts Council Grant for the Arts, by residencies at Gladstone’s Library in the UK and Anam Cara Writers and Artists’ Retreat in Ireland, and by a Hawthornden Fellowship.

 

David Steward, Travelling Solo: Flash Fictions, ed. Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (2018)


In an East Anglian seaside town, a woman recognises her lost son at a supermarket checkout. Outside on the marine parade, a van driver dreams of rescuing a young woman from the seedy tourist trade. Meanwhile, a few miles away, a redundant City banker has retreated to the coast in an effort to reinvent himself.

In these thirty flash fictions, paths cross, people meet and part, and always there are consequences, often misremembered or misunderstood. Funny, caustic and poignant by turns, the stories remind us that we each find our own way through the muddle of life.

‘Meaning glints provocatively in these stories. There’s something underneath. They let us imagine the basements and hidden floors.’
Adam Thorpe, author of Ulverton, Hodd, Missing Fay, Shifts, and Is This the Way You Said?

‘Frinton, Yarmouth, Brimsdown … Travelling Solo is a whistle-stop tour of some of England’s sexiest towns! It’s also a collection of some of the sharpest and funniest flash fiction I have ever read. Which is sexy, too.
Jonathan Cardew, fiction editor, Connotation Press.

‘With these well-crafted stories, David Steward proves himself to be an insightful spokesperson for the human condition.’
Meg Pokrass, author of Damn Sure Right, Bird Envy, The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down, and Alligators At Night.

‘David Steward’s flash fictions deal with the importance of moments. He gives us fragments of lives lived, or never lived, and shows the way that those moments – full of hopes and hates – slip away so easily. He captures the random and unfathomable nature of life’s minutiae, and feeds it back to us in captivating tales that light the mundane to look like the extraordinary.’
Calum Kerr, author of Braking Distance, Lost Property, and The World in a Flash: How to Write Flash-Fiction; founder and director of Gumbo Press and National Flash-Fiction Day (UK).

‘David Steward’s stories trace the moments, sometimes of revelation and sometimes of bafflement, that punctuate our lives. They are about people, usually men, travelling solo through the indignities of work and life: commuting, clubbing, living in hotel rooms, trying not to look at women’s breasts. The result is a funny but melancholy book, crisp and consoling, about how people do go on, basically alone, taking comfort in human contacts that can be as small as business cards.’
Tony Williams, author of The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street, All the Rooms of Uncle’s Head, and All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten.

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.

David Steward is a regular contributor to Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He has had longer stories published in, among others, Under the Radar. His flash ‘The Edge of the Woods’ appeared in the winners’ anthology of the Bridport Prize 2013. David has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in four other years since 2012, four times for Flash Fiction and once in the Short Story category.

His story ‘The Cutty Wren’ was read at the Solstice Shorts Festival 2016 and is in the Shortest Day, Longest Night Anthology, published by Arachne Press. ‘Twenty-Five Seconds’ is in the National Flash-Fiction Day anthology for 2017, Sleep Is a Beautiful Colour.

An East Anglian by birth and choice, David lives in Norfolk.

 

Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Storiesed. Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka (2018)

 

Short on Sugar

  • 300 little love stories
  • 7–13 words
  • 101 pocket-sized pages

An exciting new anthology of micro fiction by over 200 authors from around the world.

The authors include: Paul Beckman, Stuart Dybek, Carrie Etter, Sherrie Flick, Avital Gad-Cykman, Tara Lynn Masih, Lynn Mundell, Jonathan Pinnock, Pedro Ponce, Santino Prinzi, Sally Reno, Bruce Holland Rogers, Ravi Shankar, Laura Tansley, Meg Tuite, Deb Olin Unferth, Diane Williams … and many more.

Sample stories:

He lowered his pants. She gasped. He’d misspelled her name. It was permanent. [M. E. Parker]

Callie accepted Trey’s ring, then texted Dave to meet her at the pawnshop. [Joanne Fairies]

Clothes make the man – but you gotta remove them to make the baby. [Lizzi Wolf]

In the kitchen is a picture of a family that almost never happened. [Joseph S. Peters]

As a faithful wife, I faced no remorse. Only regrets. [Nathalie Boisard-Beudin]

Forty years. Lovers always. Married. Finally husbands. [Paul Fahey]

I pull petals from daisies you push up. They answer always: loved me. [Denise R. Graham]

‘If William Blake could see a world in a grain of sand, what might he see in a micro love story? My favorite is by Pedro Ponce: “There was a boy who loved a girl. Such stories rarely end well.” These micros challenge the reader to imagine the agony and ecstasy of whole lives in about a dozen words. Are you up to it? Buy this book and see.’
Robert Shapard, author of Motel and Other Stories; co-editor of Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short-Short Stories, Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America.

‘Sure, a picture can be worth a thousand words, but what is the worth of seven to thirteen words? In Short on Sugar, High on Honey, some sentences are worth an entire plot, particularly the mini-tales of such authors as Beverly Jackson, Julianna Baggott, Stuart Dybek, Paul Lorello, Lauren Becker, Nancy Castaneda, John Briggs, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, and Joanne Faries. Other one-liners work as prompts for story ideas: How might you start a novel with this situation? What would happen next if a character said this? Either way, this anthology opens the door into the imagination of what could be – both on the page and in our lives.’
Marjorie Maddox, author of What She Was Saying, True, False, None of the Above, Local News from Someplace Else.

‘Love is where you find it. Until you lose it. These brief encounters swing both ways, here today, gone tomorrow, but always with instant recognition. You’ve been there. Now here you are again. With its truth burned into your memory.’
James Thomas, co-editor of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories, Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories, Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World.

‘Imagine all your smartest, wittiest friends volleying words around a table, discussing love and all its failings and imperfect beauty. That is this book. By turns tender and arch, full of humor, candor, and wickedly deft insights, Short on Sugar, High on Honey is a delightful, entertaining read featuring some of the best writers working today.’
Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: A Collection of Undomesticated Flash Fictions and Together We Can Bury It; co-author of Rift.

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.



Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Reliefed. Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (2017)

Funny Bone - Flashing for Comic Relief

  • 60 authors
  • 60 stories
  • No more than 360 words
  • Profits to Comic Relief

Wry, off-beat, quirky, naughty, witty, absurd, dark, droll, deadpan, dry.
Comedies of errors, manners, embarrassments.
Repartee, satire, slapstick, farce.
And, oh yes, clowns.

Funny Bone is an exciting new anthology of sixty flashes by sixty of the world's leading flashers. It is edited by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler.

Profits go to Comic Relief, a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.

The sixty authors are: Steve Almond, Alan Beard, Paul Blaney, Randall Brown, Mark Budman, Jonathan Cardew, Peter Cherches, Kim Chinquee, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Steve Cushman, Jon Davis, Lydia Davis, Wayne Dean-Richards, Roddy Doyle, Grant Faulkner, Avital Gad-Cykman, David Gaffney, Vanessa Gebbie, Ihab Hassan, Tom Hazuka, Kyle Hemmings, Tania Hershman, David Higgins, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Holly Howitt, Paul Kavanagh, Calum Kerr, Steve Kissing, Tara Laskowski, Michael Loveday, Sean Lovelace, Bernard MacLaverty, Paul McDonald, Kobus Moolman, Sally-Ann Murray, Nuala O’Connor, Pamela Painter, Nick Parker, Nik Perring, Jonathan Pinnock, Meg Pokrass, Pedro Ponce, Bruce Holland Rogers, Ethel Rohan, Katey Schultz, Robert Scotellaro, Ian Seed, Gemma Seltzer, Ana María Shua, Christine Simon, David Steward, Nancy Stohlman, David Swann, Matt Thorne, Kevin Tosca, Meg Tuite, Emily Vanderploeg, Gee Williams, Jeremy Worman, Shellie Zacharia.

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.


Meg Tuite, Lined Up Like Scars: Flash Fictions, ed. Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (2015)

‘The inner ear is called the labyrinth because of its chronic orbit, like childhood. I listen to myself drown in the punctuality of balanced meals and walking on tiptoes. Madness is as close as Mom’s floral upholstery, close as the strain of devouring myself piece by piece'.

Sassy and incisive, tender yet scalpel-sharp, the ten short tales in Lined Up Like Scars cut to the quick of modern life, dissecting the dysfunctional dynamics of an American family with a tragic secret at its heart. Meg Tuite traces girlhood, young womanhood, and the jealous loyalties of sisterhood through a series of 'magpie moments' that are often darkly funny – featuring inedible meatloaf, sloughed skin, mysterious boy-bodies, insurgent underwear, speed-dating with attitude, the street-stomping antics of a wannabe band, and an unnerving collector of American Girl dolls. But the comic coping strategies of children (licking walls, ingesting gym socks, humping stuffed animals) have chronic counterparts in those of adults (alcoholism, prescription drugs). And in the final story, an ageing father reveals a truth that his daughters will forever conceal behind Facebook façades.

‘It begins with a question – What is it that brought us together? – and this brilliant collection answers it with ten stories inhabited by the strain of family, the echo of a house, the shared lives of friends and neighbors. Throughout is the wonder of Tuite’s prose – “The bark of your skin is a train-wreck of beauty.” Readers can feel the deep love that infuses each carefully chosen word, each masterfully crafted story.’
Randall Brown, author of Mad to Live and A Pocket Guide to Flash Fiction, founder and managing editor of Matter Press.

‘Meg Tuite’s Lined Up Like Scars artfully explores the irony, absurdity, tragedy, humor – and somehow, through it all, love – of dysfunctional family dynamics.  The energy of Tuite’s off-kilter, poetic prose dazzles on every page of this fine book.’
Tom Hazuka, editor of Flash Fiction Funny, co-editor of Flash Fiction and Sudden Flash Youth.

‘Meg Tuite’s Lined Up Like Scars is a brave and beautiful book that both stuns and disturbs.’
Sheila O’Connor, author of Where No Gods Came, Tokens of Grace, and Keeping Safe the Stars

‘Meg Tuite is a master music- and metaphor-maker, combining remarkable character complexity with almost impossible compression, as if she’s squeezed a four-hundred-page novel. Once readers have read this collection – in one sitting no less – they’ll be as obsessed with it as I am, reading it again and again and still saying, Did that really just happen?
Lex Williford, author of Macauley’s Thumb, co-editor of Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction.

'With strikingly original language and scenarios, Meg Tuite, in Lined Up Like Scars, mines her characters for brave truths both personal and universal. ‘Did you know there’s a language in Mexico that only two people can speak?’ one of her characters poses. In another story the protagonist is asked if she’s ever ‘smelt lightening’. Fresh words and ideas run through all of these flashes, as Tuite cuts to the heart of what matters. In stories elegantly alive, she explores that uneven terrain we all travel – through life and with each other – where so much is at stake.'
Robert Scotellaro, author of Measuring the Distance and What We Know So Far: Micro Fiction.

For a contents list, click here.       

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.     

Meg Tuite’s writing has appeared in over three hundred literary periodicals, including Amsterdam Quarterly, Berkeley Literary Review, Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Epiphany, Monkeybicycle, Perceptions Magazine, Psychology Today, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Superstition Review. She is author of two short-story collections, Domestic Apparition (San Francisco Bay Press, 2011) and Bound By Blue (Sententia, 2013), and the short collections (fiction and poetry) Disparate Pathos (Monkey Puzzle Press, 2012), Reverberations (Deadley Chaps Press, 2012), Her Skin Is a Costume (Red Bird, 2014), and Grace Notes (Unknown Press, 2015). She won the Twin Antlers Prize for collaborative poetry from Artistically Declined Press for the collection Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014), written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale, and has been twice finalist in Glimmer Train’s short-story competition and nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize.

Meg teaches flash fiction at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico, is fiction editor at Santa Fe Literary Review, and is a columnist for Connotation Press and the online literary journal jmww.

To read Sean Lovelace’s review in Diagram, 16.1 (21 June 2016), click here.


David Swann, Stronger Faster Shorter: Flash Fictionsed. Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (2015)      


Imagine you’ve returned from a war to find the soldiers you killed wandering the streets of your home town and sleeping with all the girls you fancy.

The poor old pigeons aren’t having it much easier. They’ve flown back from overseas to discover their coop bolted shut. Word is, the champion fancier has gone down with an allergy to his flock. Word is, the birds’ homing has brought them somewhere strange.

In David Swann’s collection of twenty-five short-short stories, the characters are searching for the things we all crave: a place to be, a use for their time, and that special creature who’ll share the hours with them…

But love’s hard to find when there’s so much fighting. Ask the Iranian with the Frank Sinatra fixation who you’ve just dug up from a flowerbed. Or the fundraisers knocking each other’s lights out at the Annual Party for the Association of Parents of Children with Hand and Arm Deficiencies.

They’re in the wars, for sure. But these people go on dreaming of peace. Take the lonely fruit-picker, living in a caravan far from home. If she opens her hand now, a man will drop a flower from the sky and it will fall into her grasp… Then he’ll fire hot air into his balloon and rise again. And he’ll look down and agree that it’s strange to see your home town like this, that distance makes him fond of its wrecked old streets.

But whenever he lands, he looks at the sky again. And he loves the fruit-picker most when he can’t quite reach her.

‘An essential flash-fiction collection, David Swann’s Stronger Faster Shorter absorbs the dialects, drama and delirium of the real world, but with a taste for the strange, the absurd, and the poetic.’
Holly Howitt, author of Dinner Time, co-editor of Exposure and Other Microfictions and Prose Poems.

‘What a treat it was to find SO many engaging short-short stories gathered together in a single collection. David Swann is a writer who understands life and portrays it in a nuanced way. I was taken at how he has infused his characters and scenarios, within the confines of such tiny spaces, with such depth and compelling moments. I highly recommend Stronger Faster Shorter.’
Robert Scotellaro, author of Measuring the Distance and What We Know So Far: Micro Fiction.

‘David Swann’s flash fictions are marvellous – original, varied, surprising, perfect. If anyone is interested to learn about the form, they could do a lot worse than get hold of this little chapbook and devour it!’
Vanessa Gebbie, author of Words from a Glass Bubble, Storm Warning: Echoes of Conflict, and Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures, editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story.

For a contents list, click here.       

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A 25% discount is available to members of the International Flash Fiction Association.           

David Swann was born four doors up the street from the novelist Jeanette Winterson, who scared him stiff with spooky stories. Later, he was given the even more frightening task of reporting on Accrington Stanley’s football matches for the local newspaper. After a three-year stint as a journalist in the Netherlands, he returned to England to take an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, which he passed with Distinction. From 1996 to 1997, he was Writer in Residence at H.M.P. Nottingham Prison. A book based on his experiences in the jail, The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press, 2010), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

He is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where he teaches modules on fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Swann’s short stories and poems have been widely published and won many awards, including six successes at the Bridport Prize and two in the National Poetry Competition. His debut short-story collection, The Last Days of Johnny North, was published by Elastic Press in 2006. In 2013, Swann served as judge for the Bridport Prize’s international flash-fiction competition.

To read Sean Lovelace’s review in Diagram, 15.4 (30 Aug. 2015), click here.

To read Jeanette Sheppard’s review for the Bath Flash Fiction Award (1 Aug. 2016), click here.

To read David Frankel’s ‘An Interview with David Swann’ in Thresholds (5 Oct. 2015), click here.

 

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