Odd Two Out Publishing is extremely proud to present:
ILLUMINATIONS: The Friday Flash Fiction Anthology
ILLUMINATIONS is a new anthology from small press Odd Two Out Publishing showcasing original, cutting edge short fiction from eight up-and-coming young British writers.
When British author Gareth L Powell started adding short weekly pieces of flash fiction to his website back in July 2007, he didnâ€™t expect anyone else to take much notice.
But soon there were seven other writers doing likewise – Paul Graham Raven, Gareth D Jones, Martin McGrath, Dan Pawley, Justin Pickard, Neil Beynon, and Shaun C Green. Together, they have become known as the Friday Flash Fictioneers.
Flash fiction stories are complete short stories told in fewer than 1,000 words. Quoting from his introduction to the anthology, Gareth L Powell says:
â€œAdhering to this restricted format can be a valuable exercise for a writer. Itâ€™s often a lot trickier than it looks. You have to make every word count. Every thing in the story has to be doing something because there just isnâ€™t room for extraneous waffle.â€
The Friday Flash Fictioneers come from diverse walks of life â€” musicians, office workers, freelance journalists, students, magazine editors â€” and this new anthology collects together the best of their weekly output.
Edited by Paul Graham Raven, the pieces range from mainstream literature to far-out speculation; from horror to humour; from outright fantasy to straight-faced space opera.
All the stories in ILLUMINATIONS are published under a Creative Commons licence that permits them to be reproduced in the public domain as long as no profit is made in the process.
Copies of ILLUMINATIONS: The Flash Fiction Anthology will be available to order for Â£6.99 from Odd Two Out Publishing, or from the authors themselves. All profits from the sale of ILLUMINATIONS will be donated to the NSPCC.
Alternatively, The Fictioneers will be running a flash fiction workshop as part of Orbital 2008, the British Science Fiction convention held at the Raddisson Hotel, Heathrow over the Easter weekend. Convention-goers are invited to come along to quiz the team and have a go at writing their own extremely short fiction.
[ OK, with the official press release done, I can confess: yes, this is the oft-alluded-to soopa-seekrit project I've been working on recently! LOOKATWHATWEDID!
I'm incredibly chuffed we got it nailed in time for Eastercon, and I'm fit-to-shit that my name's on the cover - not just as author, but as editor too - and in such fine company.
It's been a massive learning experience, not to mention a bizarre mixture of creative fun and hair-tearing frustration, and I shall be talking about some of the things I picked up on the journey in weeks to come.
In fact, let's be honest - it's going to be almost impossible to get me to shut up about it. I hope you'll be understanding ... and I hope you'll buy a copy! It's for charity, y'know! ]