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This Alone Could Save Us is OUT NOW!

My new flash fiction collection This Alone Could Save Us has officially been published this week by Ad Hoc Fiction! The collection explores the theme of how well we handle change, as well as how our expectations of others don’t always match with the reality.

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

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The manuscript itself was finalised at the end of January 2020, and the world has changed in unimaginable ways since then…

Nonetheless, it was great to be able to celebrate the launch of This Alone Could Save Us via an online Zoom launch, the sort of which we’re very much used to now!

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I wasn’t sure what was more nerve-racking: reading to a room full of people or reading alone in a room to a screen of little faces staring at me with their mics on mute. On the plus side, these online events mean that so many people can attend events that they may not be able to do so otherwise. As well as the UK, people from the US, Belgium, and Ireland (and maybe other places?) were able to come along! When we are eventually allowed to do events out in the wild again, I hope events will become a kind of digital-physical hybrid.

It was great fun being able to read new stories from this collection, including some of my favourite published and unpublished stories, including Curving the Pointy Edges which was published in SmokeLong Quarterly at the end of last year.

It was also special because I was lucky enough to have some guest readers to help me launch the book: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, and Diane Simmons. These are all writers I greatly admire, and they were so kind enough to not only provide advance praise for the book but to also find the time to come to this launch. Their stories were absolutely stunning!

On publication day itself, my publisher surprised me with a socially-distanced visit along with a book-cover cake! I wasn’t expecting this at all, but I have always wanted to see my book on a cake! Unfortunately, the cake was so delicious that it didn’t last very long!

To round off, I would share a A HUGE THANK YOU to the following people: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, Diane Simmons, Angela Readman, and Robert Scotellaro for providing kind words for the back of the book; Stuart Buck for the incredible cover artwork; everyone who attended the launch, has purchased the book, and who has shared and helped me celebrate these stories; and to Jude Higgins and John at Ad Hoc Fiction, without whom this book wouldn’t exist!

 

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

‘This Alone Could Save Us’ Available to Preorder Now with Free Worldwide Shipping!

My new flash fiction collection This Alone Could Save Us is now available to preorder directly from the publisher, Ad Hoc Fiction, with FREE worldwide shipping!

I’m in love with the cover artwork by Stuart Buck, and I would highly recommend you check out his art and poetry. Thank you so much!

I’d also like to thank Kathy Fish, Robert Scotellaro, Meg Pokrass, Diane Simmons, Vanessa Gebbie, and Angela Readman for providing such wonderful words about the collection, which you can read below.

To pre-order the book, just click the book cover below! You can also add the book to your Goodreads shelf it that’s your thing by clicking here!

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With This Alone Could Save Us, Santino Prinzi has fashioned a collection of small, smart fictions that read large. Here is work undergirded by innovation, incisive wit, and a keen ability to navigate terrain that is personal, and at once universal to us all.’

–– Robert Scotellaro, author of Nothing Is Ever One Thing

‘Santino Prinzi is a word-wizard of the heart—a writer who fearlessly excavates uncomfortable secrets. In This Alone Could Save Us, Prinzi’s first full collection of flash fiction, human nature is the subject, gentle surrealism the medium. Bizarre yet real, funny and crazily sad—it’s mesmerizing to watch Prinzi’s vulnerable characters work to free themselves from life’s stickiest webs. Subversive, haunting, beautiful—a must-have collection!’

–– Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators At Night and Series Co-Editor, Best Microfiction 2020

‘This Alone Could Save Us is a richly varied collection of flash fiction. In these compact gems, Santino Prinzi makes exquisite use of magic and the surreal, but also the quiet, evocative gestures of ordinary life. You will find the deliciously unexpected within these pages, along with moments of breath-taking stillness. Highly recommended.’

–– Kathy Fish, Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018

‘Tender, poetic, and wonderfully surreal, Prinzi understands that stories can save us. Powerful flash fiction that lights up the page, this is the book we all need right now. It is one for the ages. This stunning collection will stay with you for years.’

–– Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing and Don’t Try This At Home

‘In This Alone Could Save Us, Santino Prinzi demonstrates his enormous talent for drawing readers into his stories, often surprising them with surrealistic touches that appear totally believable and natural. The flash fictions in this impressive collection are widely varied, but each story is unmistakably Prinzi.’

–– Diane Simmons, author of Finding a Way

‘Exceptionally engaging, closely observed and thought-provoking, this collection shows us a flash master at work as he explores the fault lines that crack open under our feet at moments of unplanned change. Seen through his eyes, the familiar becomes strange, solid becomes unsteady, and even the moon loses its faith in humanity, so moves on. Sometimes sad, sometimes playful, always memorable.’

–– Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Cowards Tale and five short fiction collections.

 

New Flash Fiction Collection Forthcoming and More News!

Hello!

I’ve had lots of exciting news lately which I am thrilled to be able to finally share with everyone!

Firstly, I have a new, full-length collection of flash fiction forthcoming from Ad Hoc Fiction. This Alone Could Save Us will be in published in 2020. I’ve been working on this book for a little while now and there will be a mix of published and brand new material. I can’t wait to be able to share it with you all! They’ll be more news about the collection soon.

Secondly, my flash fiction Towels was shortlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award!

Finally, and speaking of the Bath Flash Fiction Award, I’m honoured to have been invited to judge the February 2020 round of the Bath Flash Fiction Award! This is such a wonderful competition with a brilliant community around it, so it is a real privilege to be involved in this way.

To find out a little bit more about This Alone Could Save Us and what type of stories I’m looking for in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, please check out this interview

Thanks for reading!

Fresh Flashes!

Hello everyone!

A few flashes of mine have been published recently! Many people have read and shared their love for these stories over the last few weeks, and I appreciate it so much, so thank you! In case you’ve missed them, here are the details below!

“Colour Tasting” was published by Ellipsis Zine and is about a stray collie dog called Moxie. Ellipsis Zine are a very new magazine, but they’re absolutely killing it with the fiction they’ve published so far! Read my story here.

“These Are the Rules of Our Canopy Shyness and Life” was published by The Airgonaut and is about talking trees and forbidden love. I thought this one would never find a home because it is so unusual, but people have loved it! You can read it here.

“Marrakech” was published in Issue 7 of (b)OINK and is about a couple visiting the medina in the bustling city. This is possibly one of my favourite flashes I’ve written so far. Very happy it is out there in the world! You can read the story here.

“Moderation” was published by Spelk Fiction. You’ll never look at little old ladies feeding ducks at a pond in the same way again! It was inspired the pond and ducks you see in this image, which I often walk past. You can read this story here.

Thank you to all the editors and teams behind the scenes who read and loved these stories enough to give them a home with their magazine! I hope you all enjoy reading them if you haven’t already!

 

Some More Updates!

Hello, everyone!

I’ve been so terrible for posting news as and when it comes, as I used to do, but I have been busy focussing on finishing my MA. The dissertation has been completed, bound, and is staring at me from my desk, tempting me to tweak just…one…more…thing…!!! I have high hopes for it, but what will be will be.

Firstly, some exciting news that I’m sure many of you may already know. I’m the new Senior Editor of New Flash Fiction ReviewI’m beyond thrilled to be a part of this flash magazine who have published stunning flash fiction writers (including the likes of Lydia Davis!) and to be working with Meg Pokrass and Pamela Painter. Here we are pictured below at the end of the Flash Fiction Festival. Submissions are currently open until September 12th. Check New Flash Fiction Review out and send us something incredible.

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(L-R): Me, Pamela Painter, and Meg Pokrass. We’re having a well deserved sit down after the busy Flash Festival.

I’m also now an Associate Editor for Vestal Review, who I have been a First Reader with for almost a year. Our current reading period is from now until the end of November, so send us something we can’t refuse.

Last time I posted an update, the new National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, which I was co-editing with Meg Pokrass, was about to be published. Well, it’s now available in to purchase in paperback and on Kindle. It’s called Sleep is a Beautiful Colour and features incredible authors, including: Calum Kerr, Robert Shapard, Pamela Painter, Bobbie Ann Mason, Claudia Smith, Robert Scotellaro, Stuart Dybek, Etgar Keret, Meg Pokrass, Angela Readman, Danielle McLaughlin, Robert Lopez, and so many more! Based on the theme of Life As Your Know It, every flash in this anthology offers something striking, unusual, unique, and powerful. You will not be disappointed!

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I’ve also had a few more publications and acceptances:

I have four flashes forthcoming in flash fiction magazines that I’m really excited about and haven’t blogged about! Each of these magazines, some old and some new, have been absolutely killing it with the flash they publish. Thank you to all of the editorial staff of these magazines who keep publishing such awesome work. I’m so happy to be a part of them:

‘Colour Tasting’ will be published in Ellipsis Zine very soon (Friday 25th August).

‘Marrakech’ will be published by the off-the-wall (b)OINK zine in September and is possibly one of my favourite flashes I’ve ever written (mainly because of the fun I had writing it).

‘These Are the Rules of Canopy Shyness and Life’ is one of those stories I thought would never find a home because it’s really a bit mental and odd, but thankfully The Airgonaut loved it and will be publishing it in their September issue.

‘Moderation’ will be published in September by Spelk. 

And as if that’s not enough…

‘They Dropped the Bomb’ was published by Paragraph Planet on Sunday 25th June, while at the Flash Fiction Festival in Bath. It’s inspired in some ways by my family, and in others by where the world is likely to end up… You can read it below:

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My micro ‘The Broom of Sisyphus’ won National Flash Fiction Day New Zealand’s Micro Madness. You can read it here.

My prose poem ‘In the Light, I See…’ was published by Unbroken Journal, who I love. read it here.

A new anthology called Short on Sugar, High on Honey, which features stories about love that are between 7 and 13 words in length, is going to be published and will feature one of my stories. The anthology has been edited by Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka, and will be published by Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press.

And three more stories of mine will also be published in the 2017 Worcester LitFest Flash Fiction Anthology. The anthology is usually published in November in paperback and kindle, and will include ‘Actually, Love Actually’, ‘What the Coffee Promised’, and ‘Interviews with Prospective Postmen’.

If you’re in Bath on Friday 29th September, you can catch me reading some stories at St. James Wine Vaults in Bath for Jude Higgins’ launch of her pamphlet The Chemist’s House. It’s a great collection. The event is free so do come along! More details here.

I think that’s it… I’m hoping to return to more regular posting of news rather than piling everything into one post every couple of months. As I have now finished the MA, I’m currently planning on relaxing (hence the lovely butterfly picture I took on a recent walk), applying for jobs, thinking about PhD proposals, and getting some writing done! I have a few newer pieces out in the world for consideration, and I’ll be taking part in a Kathy Fish workshop in September, which I’m so looking forward to!

Thanks for reading!

Some Updates!

Hello, everyone!

I must apologise for being so quiet and for not posting in a long time. I have been (and still am) very busy studying for my Masters degree at the University of Bristol, but wanted to take some time to share some news about the other things that have kept me busy.

Firstly, I’ve been very busy with National Flash Fiction Day UK. This year I’m the co-editor of the anthology, and it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in reading and selecting flashes from the submissions we received. It was a difficult job for myself and my co-editor, the incomparable Meg Pokrass, because we received so many excellent stories.

The anthology theme is Life As You Know It, and the stories we selected are funny, poignant, evocative, and different. We also were able to include some incredible commissioned writers, writers who are very well known in the flash community, including: Etgar Keret, Stuart Dybek, Robert Shapard, Pamela Painter, Robert Scotellaro, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Danielle McLaughlin. This is to name only a few!

The anthology will be called Sleep is a Beautiful Colour, will be published in June, and will feature my flash fiction ‘They Keep Calling My Ex-Husband Brave’. For the full line-up, visit this link here: National Flash Fiction Day UK Blog.

As well as ‘They Keep Calling My Ex-Husband Brave’ being published, I have also had a handful of other acceptances since I last updated.

‘Getting the Gang Back Together’ will be published in Issue 10.1 of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. This I am still so excited about. Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is one of the leading flash magazines in the UK and a magazine I have always admired.  Read more about them here.

My tiny micro-fiction, ‘The Broom of Sisyphus’, will be published in June as a part of National Flash Fiction Day New Zealand’s Micro Madness competition series! Read more about them here.

My short story, ‘Plastic’, will be published in the Stories for Homes Anthology Vol. 2. What is wonderful about this anthology is that the whole point of the anthology is to raise money for the homelessness charity Shelter. They’ve raised lots of money from the first anthology, which is still available to purchase, and the new anthology will be published towards the end of the year. Find out more about their extraordinary work here.

‘The Same People at the Bus Stop’ will be published in the very first issue of DNA Magazine. The editor, Katie Marsden, is absolutely wonderful to work with, and I encourage everyone to submit to future calls for submissions. Find out more about the magazine by visiting their website.

My flash fiction, ‘Veganuary’, was longlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and will be published in their second volume of their anthology, which will be published in December 2017 / January 2018. This I’m still so, so thrilled about! To enter the Bath Flash Fiction Award, or to find out more, visit their website.

My story, ‘Hair‘, won one of the weekly Ad Hoc competitions run by Bath Flash Fiction Award. You can read the story here: Hair‘.

Finally, ‘Men at Work’ was published by Great Jones Street, and is available to read on their mobile app. Download the app from the Apple App store or Google Play app store. You can read a little of it online, then purchase it online. Great Jones Street are an incredible platform of short stories, fiction on the go, and described as the “Netflix” of Fiction. Check them out there.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, I’ve been helping organise the first ever Flash Fiction literary festival in the UK. You can find out more about it here: Flash Fiction Festival.

Three Flashes Published by Open Pen Magazine!

Three of my flash fictions have been published online by Open Pen Magazine today! You can read all by following this link here: Open Pen Magazine.

‘He’s Become Addicted to Green Tea’ is funny story about a couple whose relationship breaks down because of an addiction to green tea that is pushed too far.

‘The Copper-haired Girl’ has been described as a heart-breaking tale. It is a single sentence that contains a life.

And the final story, ‘The Perfectionist’s Secret’, is about a perfectionist named Cassandra whose life is meticulous, until something goes wrong…

I hope you enjoy reading them!

‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ to be published by Black Market Re-View!

My flash fiction ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ will be published in the second issue of  Black Market Re-View, an online magazine edited by undergraduate and postgraduate students from Edge Hill University in the UK.

I’m so happy that this story has found a home; it was fun to write, and I hope have fun reading it! ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ is about a man who reads in the newspaper that Mary Portas is coming to town to fix up their high street.

Interested? You won’t have to wait long! The second issue of Black Market Re-View is scheduled to be published this weekend. I’ll post a link once it’s up!

‘The Fortune Seeker’ published by Litro Magazine!

My flash fiction, ‘The Fortune Seeker’, has been published today by Litro Magazine as a part of their #FlashFriday weekly feature. You can read it by following this link here: Litro Magazine.

I’m so proud to have a story published by Litro Magazine, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. ‘The Fortune Seeker’ is about a young woman called Lorna who wants to discover the meaning behind her recurring dream…

‘On Returning Home’ Published by Speculative 66!

My flash fiction, ‘On Returning Home’, has been published by Speculative 66and is now available to read in their very first issue. Speculative 66 is an online magazine dedicated to flash fiction of exactly 66 words, and they accept all types of fiction, so I encourage you all to submit something for their second issue.

‘On Returning Home’ is a little science-fiction tale, which isn’t something I normally write, but I was inspired by a thought one day: what if we weren’t the original inhabitants of Earth? You can read ‘On Returning Home’ and other 66-word stories in their first issue by following this link here: Issue 1 of Speculative 66.