Fiction. Short Stories. Flash Fiction. Hybrid Genre. THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2017 offers readers 55 exceptional small fictions by 53 authors. This acclaimed new annual series, hailed as a ''milestone for the short story,'' continues to honor contemporary masters and emerging writers of short- short and hybrid forms from across the globe. Guest editor Amy Hempel chose the winners from a pool of 105 finalists: ''They conjure and seduce, they startle and haunt, they are funny and searing, short and shorter.'' The 2017 volume includes Pamela Painter, Brian Doyle, Ian Seed, Frankie McMillan, Karen Brennan, Stuart Dybek, and W. Todd Kaneko, and spolights Joy Williams and SmokeLong Quarterly.
Additional Contributors include Nick Admussen, Nick Almeida, Lydia Armstrong, Matthew Baker, Amy Sayre Baptista, Larry Brown, Randall Brown, Erin Calabria, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Carrie Cooperider, Emily Corwin, Christopher DeWan, Kathy Fish, Sherrie Flick, Scott Garson, Jesse Goolsby, Michael Hammerle, Hannah Harlow, Allegra Hyde, Joy Katz, Jen Knox, Len Kuntz, Tara Laskowski, Oscar Mancinas, Ras Mashramani, Heather McQuillan, Cole Meyer, Eugenie Montague, Alvin Park, Kimberly King Parsons, Gen Del Raye, Mona Leigh Rose, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, Cameron Quincy Todd, Matt Sailor, Rebecca Schiff, Robert Scotellaro, Alex Simand, Julia Slavin, Michael C. Smith, Phillip Sterling, Anne Valente, Harriot West, Keith Woodruff, William Woolfitt