Life is filled with excitement, and high on the list is a debut novel, especially one that arrives with this kind of praise from Tim O'Brien: "The Benedictines is a taut, vivid, spellbinding, and gracefully written novel.
excerpts from new and forthcoming titles, announcements about book tours, readings, and relevant links
It's nice to see we aren't the only ones excited about our new author, Nick Ripatrazone.
Catherine Gammon, author of Sorrow, has been quite busy writing a number of astute and discerning book reviews for several online literary journals. Her careful and honest critique provides insight and thought-provoking discourse.
frank discussion by guest authors, editors, agents, and publishers who share insights into the literary life
Catherine Zobal Dent
Braddock Avenue Books: Let’s start at the end. The final story in your collection, “Unfinished Stories of Girls,” is also the title of the entire collection. Why did you decide to use this title for the book and why did you decide to put that story last?
Zobal Dent: That last story is drawn from a novel I’m working on in which a daughter of Italian-American immigrants struggles with various accounts she’s been given of her family’s movement through time and space. This story, a narrative thread of the novel, draws from a folktale called Gatti sotto il mare, or “cats under the sea.” It’s this disturbing tale of good sister versus bad sister, and in the end, of course, the “good girl” wins and the “bad girl” loses.
Salvatore Pane: My Only Wife is told through a series of short vignettes doled out to the reader in a non-linear order. How did you settle on this format? In my work, I find myself drifting toward chronological A to B to C construction about 90% of the time, and the idea of structuring a novel in this way not only impresses me but terrifies me as well.
Jac Jemc: I started writing the first draft in a non-linear way, compiling memories the narrator has of his wife.
Braddock Avenue Books and series editor Tara L. Masih are proud to present the 2017 winners, finalists, and semifinalists for The Best Small Fictions 2017. This is a group effort, so thank you to our staff editors, Mel Bosworth and Michelle Elvy; our roving editors, Blake Kimzey, Alan King, and Kathryn Kulpa; our consulting editors, Kim Chinquee, Leesa Cross-Smith, Ioanna Mavrou, and Ben White; our advisory members, especially Mary Slechta and Clare MacQueen. But our biggest thanks must go to our guest judge Amy Hempel, for the hard work of narrowing down 105 finalists to 55 winners in a highly competitive year. Look for our launch in September 2017. And congratulations to all!
The Best Small Fictions Editors 2017
Guest Editor: Amy Hempel
Series Editor: Tara L. Masih
Mel Bosworth, Assistant Editor, Domestic
Michelle Elvy, Assistant Editor, International
The Best Small Fictions is the first contemporary anthology solely devoted to honoring the best short hybrid fiction published in a calendar year.
The series began in 2015, featuring seasoned and emerging writers. Flash, micro fiction, prose poetry, and haibun stories are just some examples of the hybrid forms honored. Tara L. Masih founded the annual series and serves as series editor; guest editors include Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler (2015), PEN/Malamud Award winner and O. Henry Prize winner Stuart Dybek (2016), and Rea Award and PEN/Malamud Award winner Amy Hempel (2017).