Behold this shimmering piece of literary splendor:
Thought you should all know this piece of news: the winning story of the 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is Pheidippides by Eliza Robertson!
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Herewith, for your reading pleasure, is an excerpt from a fantasy piece by Dominic. Enjoy – and comment on the Quillery fiction page! (Link also posted there) .
Dominic THE NE ER DO WELLS
I’m trying to gather more interesting flash fiction pieces, to inspire my brain to think in >1000 word narratives. Does anyone have any recommendations? In case anyone else is doing the same and also because it’s just fun to gush about writing, I thought I’d compile a list of authors/flashes I’ve found inspiring in the past – Sophia
- Raymond Carver – ‘Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fix it’ – Because I don’t often read short story collections in order (shamefully, I search for the shortest piece and see if I like it) this was the first Raymond Carver story I ever read, and it utterly blew me away. It’s basically just a monolog of a man talking about his past, but because it’s Carver, the tone is magnificently moving, and authentic. Find it here online: http://www.riverdell.org/cms/lib05/NJ01001380/Centricity/Domain/137/MrCoffee.pdf
- George Saunders – ‘Sticks’ – it’s fun, sad, hyper-condensed and like the flash above but even more so, it manages an almost impossibly moving journey for its teeny word count (392). Find it here: http://www.unm.edu/~gmartin/535/Sticks.htm
- Anything by Etgar Keret: Etgar Keret is an Israeli Author whose main focus is flash fiction – not surprising, as he writes it astonishingly well. To me, he’s the best flash fiction writer there is. His fable-like stories are playful, irreverent, bitter and profound. and more often than not, surreal. If you can easily find a copy of his collection ‘Suddenly, a knock at the door’ read it. If not, a liberal amount of stuff is floating around the interwebs: like these three: http://kgbbar.com/lit/fiction/three_stories_bottle_pipe_asthma_attack or those two: http://bombmagazine.org/article/2810/two-stories or this one: https://www.theguardian.com/books/interactive/2012/feb/23/unzipping-etgar-keret-short-story
- Lydia Davis – everything from ‘Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer’ to ‘Break it down’ Lydia Davis writes mostly extremely short fiction, mostly in the same dry, distinctive, weirdly unstorylike voice. The effect she achieves in stories like ‘Letter…’ is both absorbing and distancing. Occasionally, she uses the same techniques to create something simmering and claustrophobic, like her sad and linguistically angry piece ‘Break it down’. Sometimes this style is irritating- personally, I think her stories are best read in their collections, as her voice is most appreciable once the reader has become imbibed in it. That said, for sampling purposes, here is the frozen peas thingamajig: http://www.thewhitereview.org/fiction/letter-to-a-frozen-peas-manufacturer/ and a post of Break it Down: http://smotherings.blogspot.ca/2012/06/break-it-down-by-lydia-davis_05.html
- Jenny Offill – Department of Speculation – this is a novel. So, no link. but it’s written in little vivid flash-like gems, and doesn’t feel much debt to explaining itself, in the same way short fiction doesn’t.
That’s it for me. If anyone has any flash fictions that astonished them, or tips on how to think in compacted ideas, I want to know about them!
Hi guys, thought I would set up another book club. Good to see what you lovely people are reading.
I’m currently still on Lincoln in the Bardo as I haven’t had much time lately.
Hi guys I’m in. Thanks to Sophia for giving the link to my novel. Been rather busy of late. I have best man speech to prepare and I’m tarting up my final assignment for you all to enjoy. It’s a corker! Well done Rachel and Sophia for allowing us to continue. X
Here’s a link to Dominic’s novel, The Boy Who Walked Too Far! Expect rich, vibrantly detailed storytelling and great skeins of intrigue: