Forest Avenue Press is celebrating May, Short Story Month, by announcing an upcoming anthology of short stories by Oregon and Southwest Washington writers. The open submission period will run from June 1 to July 31. The collection will be edited by Liz Prato and is slated for release in May 2014.
Prato, an acclaimed short story writer and a creative writing teacher, has been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, ZYZZYVA, Subtropics, Los Angeles Review, and Hunger Mountain, among others. She is an associate fellow at The Attic Institute and has guest taught for many prominent Oregon institutions, including Indigo Editing, Willamette Writers, and The Oregon Writers Colony.
“Liz is a natural choice as the curator of this collection,” said Laura Stanfill, founder of Forest Avenue Press. “She’s an intense advocate for the art of the short story, a vocal participant in the local literary community, and a pro at examining the strengths and weaknesses in others’ work.”
Maximum length is 6,000 words, although we prefer shorter stories. We enjoy Pacific Northwest settings, but we’re open to stories set anywhere, as long as they’re by Oregon or Southwest Washington writers. Notifications will be sent out no later than October 1. Contributors will receive two free copies of the book, and Forest Avenue Press will organize several readings to showcase the authors and their work. We’re especially hoping to attract writers from all over the state. More details, including an FAQ, will be released soon.
This Oregon anthology follows the October 2012 publication of Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, an anthology of flash essays and interviews by forty-two contributors. Brave on the Page spent four months on the Powell’s Small Press Bestseller List.