More Praise for The Best Small Fictions

"[A]n excellent snapshot of contemporary super-short story writing, recommended for story lovers and newbies alike."

~Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 2017

"Good reading."

~Petoskey News-Review, Sept. 2017

"Each story is a mini-masterwork, poised not only to entertain and enchant but to potentially serve to instruct the apprentice in the art of creating excellent flash."

~C.T. D'Alessandro, April 2017

“Setting aside the number of fantastic short stories collected in BSF 2016, the continued publication of this series and the work done by series editor Tara Masih is, in and of itself, a milestone for the short story form.”


"BSF 2016 is a tome of myriad treasures. It’s striking how different all the stories were, not only in length but in terms content and tone. Perhaps because of the needed precision of the small fiction form, the strength and care that has gone into these stories is always evident. Grant Faulkner’s “The Toad” manages to make road kill profound and human in one hundred words. ...the book felt as if it were a series of places, all seen along the same meandering trip. A trip not soon forgotten."

~Amelia White, JMWW

"There is also a lot that writers of flash fiction can learn about the form by picking up this anthology; the beauty of an anthology such as this, pulling together the best of the form, is that you will always encounter something new, something different, something that pushes the boundaries of flash further than before."

~Santino Prinzi, Bath Flash Fiction Award

"The collection is very accessible, thought provoking and so riveting that you might be inclined to devour it in one sitting, which I found being equally tempting and impossible. However well crafted these essays may be, the gravity of the topics doesn’t offer the opportunity for a casual read-through and you will have no choice but to pause, to re-examine your personal stands and opinions after each and every essay. transcends the old concept of merely preaching tolerance."

~Veronika Bacova, Cecile's Writers, Oct. 2016

"The Best Small Fictions has its finger on the pulse...each little gem contains a universe, teeth bared. Explore them at your own risk."

~Nathan Leslie, Prick of the Spindle

"It will be well worth your while to spend a minute or 60 with some of the brightest concise writing available today."


"The Best Small Fictions 2015 achieves [a] bright, burning end through its broad sweep of stories, leaving the open-minded, open-hearted reader breathless."

~Brandon Romano, Fiction Southeast

"What an astonishing book—how practically every fiction seems a vaster story told in brief."

~XJ Kennedy, author of Fits of Concision: collected poems of six or fewer lines

"The time is right for a Best of the Year anthology."

~ Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago and Ecstatic Cahoots

"Super-short stories ... have exploded in popularity. Where should newbies start? With Best Small Fictions 2015 ... [r]eaders will be introduced to a wealth of fresh and existing talent ... Discover some haunting voices for yourself this fall."

~ Rebecca Foster, BookTrib (read review)

"The best of these stories drop us, with a minimum of hand-holding, into moments of human extremity."

~ Jack Feerick, Popdose (read review)

"The Best Small Fictions 2015 is essential reading for anyone who enjoys not just small fiction, but fiction in general. Don't miss it!"

~ Robert Swartwood, editor of Hint Fiction

"Whatever one calls them—flash fictions, microfictions, short shorts—the number of outlets where such pieces are published continue to grow along with the interest of readers and writers in the form. The time is right for a Best of the Year anthology."

~ Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago and Ecstatic Cahoots

"These small fictions are small only in length, not in impact. Their minuteness provides a different lens upon life—one that illuminates the telling yet elusive moments that bigger stories often overlook. A different slant on the truth emerges not in spite of their length, but because of it. Short shorts often seem like the quiet stepchild in the fiction family—overshadowed by vociferous novels, not quite dressed in the right attire as conventional short stories. A series celebrating these tiny gems is long overdue."

~ Grant Faulkner, co-founder of 100 Word Story, author of Fissures

"The loud and long message of the seemingly quiet and the definitely short is in ample supply in The Best Small Fictions 2015. From a mother's fury over misspelled words in Dee Cohen's "By Heart," to a father's disintegration in David Mellerick Lynch's "Lunar Deep," there is pathos, depth and welcome language-fireworks in these small gems. Chekhov would be proud of how briefly these writers manage to speak on lengthy subjects."

~ Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of Miss Emily

"This is truly a well-selected collection and has given me a new appreciation for small fiction. The Best Small Fictions 2015 will make you a believer in small fiction as literature."

~ Joseph Spuckler, Evil Cyclist's Bookshelf (read review)

"I'll confess: I'm usually not excited by "best of" anthologies. Too often, annual collections seem to ignore the small but vibrant journals I like to read in favor of the slick, well-funded, big-name publications that publish the same small group of established writers. Is there good work in these anthologies? Of course. But do I feel I'm hearing fresh, startling, diverse voices I've never heard before? Not usually. Too many polite, well-modulated murmurs, not enough barbaric yawps. Then along comes The Best Small Fictions 2015, edited by Robert Olen Butler and Tara Lynn Masih, to change my mind about anthologies. These works, ranging from tiny, poetic flash to short-short stories, encompass a range of styles and genres . . . making The Best Small Fictions 2015 a welcome resource for writers and readers of flash and short fiction."

~ Kathryn Kulpa, KYSO Flash (read review)

"[T]his anthology provides both the instructor and the student with an affordable smörgåsbord of inspiration and models. I . . . would consider this a fine addition to a reading list for both the introductory and the intermediate/advanced level: each short short hands over an exquisite example of something finely done."

~ Bunny Goodjohn, Mom Egg Review (read review)

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