I was delighted to find out today that my little flash, 'Chemoids', has been selected for inclusion in the National Flash-fiction Day Anthology for 2012. With commissioned pieces from the likes of Ali Smith, Vanessa Gebbie and Tania Hershman, this promises to be a brilliant collection showcasing what flash fiction is capable of. It's hoped that the anthology will be available by early May. National Flash-fiction Day is set for May 16.
The full list of authors to be included in the anthology can be found here
Rob Mimpriss is a writer of short fiction from north Wales. He was one of the prize winners in the most recent Rhys Davies Short Story Competition. My review of Rob's second collection, For His Warriors, is now up at The Short Review. You can read it here.
I'm doing a sort of mini blog tour to promote Blindfold. Well, it's more a couple of day trips rather than a grand tour - but these are excursions to really good venues. My first outing is to Vanessa Gebbie's blog. I owe a lot as a writer to Vanessa. She invited me to join the wonderful online writers' group The Fiction Workhouse a few years back. I learned an enormous amount about writing short fiction during my time in that group, and though the Fiction Workhouse no longer exists, some of its former members set up The Fiction Forge, where I continue to work and to learn about writing. Vanessa herself has won many prizes for her short stories, and has published two collections with Salt Books, Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning. Her first novel, The Coward's Tale, was recently published by Bloomsbury, and I believe the American edition has just appeared. I'll be writing a review of The Coward's Tale here soon. Anyway, many thanks to Vanessa for inviting me over to her blog. You can read her interview with me here.
My second collection of short fiction, Blindfold, will be published by Stonebridge Books next month.
We'll be holding the book launch on Saturday, 3rd. December, at 7.30, at Panteg House, Griffithstown, Pontypool, NP4 5BE. I'd be delighted to see any readers of this blog there! I'll post more details, with links to directions and a map, later.