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The Best Small Fictions anthology, now in its fifth year, presents one hundred and forty-­six pristinely crafted pieces from an array of authors representing twenty-­six nations and six continents. These short, elliptical works are varied and edgy, sorrowful and triumphant, provocative and visionary. The small fictions enclosed within this volume are always vibrant. They s ...more
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Robb Todd
Loved this anthology. Here are some thoughts on it and flash fiction in general: In Defiance of Categorical Distinction: On THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS: 2019 ANTHOLOGY

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Aliceanna
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dress Yourself," "Mary When You Follow Her," "Target Practice," "The Goat-Headed Girl," "The Laughing Hyena," "You've Stopped," "Juliet Changes Her Mind," "All-American Anhedonia," "Whatever They Told You Not to Be," "Your Mother Was a Fish," "Small Mercies," "Ungrateful Monsters," "Tiny House," "Sleepovers," "Abstinence Only," "Crafts," "The Bad Thing," "Ceres," and "Shelter" are my favorites of the lot, though many of these small fictions are striking and strange.

I also liked "estuaries" but,
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all but the 2015 BSF and received ARCs from the founding editor, Tara Masih. I’m pretty sure I’ve done reviews on them somewhere. As with any anthology, there are stories one loves and stories one hates (and also for me, stories I just don’t get). Tara did an outstanding job pulling off this series until handing over the reigns last year.

BSF 2019 is quite different than its previous editions, primarily due to its size. The previous years contained less stories and I only read the di
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Rilla Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Askew's first novel, THE MERCY SEAT, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, was a Boston Globe Notable Book, and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998. Her acclaimed novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre, FIRE IN BEULAH, received the American ...more

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