New Anthology Out Today
And I’m in there somewhere!
Okay, I’m actually sort of stoked to be included. Renewal is a flash fiction anthology. If you aren’t familiar with the term, flash fiction is incredibly short. For this anthology no more than 300 words. You heard me 300 words! To tell an entire story.
If somehow you got here and aren’t familiar with me, short isn’t really in my wheelhouse. A rambling fiction anthology would be right up my alley. I’ve always been fascinated by those tiny little stories, though. Many of them are incredibly clever. So this year I decided to try my hand. I’m sure I’ve never sweated more over 300 words!
The anthology is a benefit for QueerSciFi.com. If you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, paranormal or horror fiction with queer characters (or any of the above no matter the orientation of the characters), it’s a great place to see what’s new. They have a corresponding Queer Sci Fi Facebook Group which is a fun place to hang out and meet other readers and authors. Check it out if you’re into SF/F!
This year’s anthology theme was renewal and I’m sure you’ll recognize many of the authors who have contributed stories.
1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.
Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.
Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.
Welcome to Renewal.
Because these stories are only 300 words each, a normal excerpt would be a total spoiler. Instead, here are first lines from a few of the stories. Enjoy!
“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright
“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright
“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter
“San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.” When Light Left, by Lex Chase
“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer
Andrea Felber Seligman
Carey Ford Compton
Carol Holland March
E R Zhang
Elsa M LeÃ³n
Eric Alan Westfall
Foster Bridget Cassidy
J. Alan Veerkamp
J. P. Egry
L M Somerton
L. Brian Carroll
Leigh M. Lorien
Lloyd A. Meeker
Martha J. Allard
Mary E. Lowd
Mindy Leana Shuman
R R Angell
Redfern Jon Barrett
Rory Ni Coileain
S R Jones
Zev de Valera