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Review: The Short Stories that Make Up The Best Small Fictions 2015

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Super-short stories—variously named flash fiction, haibun or iStories—have exploded in popularity. Where should newbies start? With Best Small Fictions 2015 (Queen’s Ferry Press, October 6), the inaugural volume of a new series edited by Tara L. Masih. From 105 finalists, guest editor Robert Olen Butler chose 55 winning stories, all under 1,000 words. Unsurprisingly, the stories vary wildly in subject matter, from 19th-century duels to a child of 1980s hip-hop who feels irrelevant as the millennium turns. The authors also range from established voices like novelist Bobbie Ann Mason and Kelly Cherry, former Poet Laureate of Virginia, to emerging writers who have novels or story collections forthcoming. Readers will be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent. In…

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