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Renewal: Queer Sci Fi's Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction, 3)

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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 30
Kindle Edition, First, 196 pages
Published September 13th 2017 by Mischief Corner Books, LLC
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Serena Yates
Flash Fiction (tales of extreme shortness) is difficult to write – after all, how do you get a whole story told in 300 or fewer words? Especially in the genres included (science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and horror) where a whole world needs to be built/explained as well. But let me tell you, flash fiction is equally as difficult to review. Normally when I talk about anthologies, I add at least a comment about every story in it, but with 110 tales included in this fantastic work, that just i ...more
Anne Barwell
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I usually try to comment on each story in an anthology but because of the number of stories in this one, I’m going to focus on my overall impression instead. I love reading anthologies as I find them a good introduction to new authors, and a way in which to catch up with those who are already favourites.

It’s not easy to write a story in 300 words, and I was impressed by the way in which these authors managed to world build and give an in depth sense of characters in these flash fiction stories.
Kari Trenten
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tales of renewal, 300 words or less are gathered together in this LGBTQIA+ anthology. There are stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or just plain wonder within these pages, waiting for a reader to discover them. Some of these authors I recognized, others I discovered for the first time. Each one came up with a unique take on renewal, whether it was literally dying and being reborn, or their characters discovering some form of regeneration.

This reminded me of reading poetry, only each p
Naomi Tajedler
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was an honor to be chosen to be part of the Anthology, but after reading it, I'm even prouder to have my story among so many talented writers.
In an anthology of 110, it can be hard to find one's favorites but I made a list:
Checkpoint by F. T. Lukens
First contact by Eileen Moon
The Return by Andrea Speed
A Jetpack Of A Different Color by Mary E. Lowd
Lightheart by Aidee Ladnier
The Witches' Garden by Sarah Einstein
The Hartbinger by Andrea Staet
Werewolf by Abby Bartle
The Projector by Lin Kelly
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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From that review: " I am such a fan of flash fiction, the ability to  tell a complete story in 300 words or less.  Renewal is Queer SyFy's Fourth year's collection of flash fiction and what an incredible winner it is. Like a library full of tiny jewels, Renewal's flash fiction is glorious in it's presentation of the dizzying array of imaginative themes and world building by it's h
'Nathan Burgoine
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be transparent: two pages of this collection were something I wrote.

I liked this collection, though the theme of “renewal” leant itself to quite a few blood-family/parents-love-children tales that weren’t for me. It was a solid bedside, catch as catch can read for the last month or two.
A great anthology to read with flash fiction stories. Writing 300 words or less is tough work, but I enjoyed them and had some that either made me laugh or feel deep down. There's a story for everyone, and I would say a good bathroom read, too. ...more
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He has always been in the place between the here and now and the what could be. He started reading science fiction and fantasy at the tender age of nine, encouraged by his mother. But as he read the golden age classics and more modern works too, he started

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