In Defence of Pseudoscience: Reflex Fiction Volume Five

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In Defence of Pseudoscience contains 176 flash fictions from 152 writers from across the world. These short short stories, each no longer than 360 words, were longlisted for the four rounds of the Reflex flash fiction competition held in 2021.

Within these pages, the traditional narrative shares space with the experimental. Humour sits alongside tragedy. Each of these page-long stories packs a punch greater than its word count suggests.

In Defence of Pseudoscience is the perfect introduction to readers new to flash fiction and essential reading for those already familiar with the form.

Includes prize-winning flash fiction from Annette Edwards-Hill, Jeanine Skowronski, Thomas Malloch, Joshua Jones, Kirsteen Ure, Simon Linter, Morgan Quinn, Matt Kendrick, Evelyn Forest, Becca Yenser, Karen Jones, Rosaleen Lynch, Nora Nadjarian, Jo Withers, and Katja Sass.

Unthology 8

Published annually, Unthology is a short fiction series that showcases extraordinary stories from new and established writers.

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‘It’s hard to be anything but thrilled when a new Unthology is released. They show some of the best writing around.’

‘A beacon of hope for the short story.’ Sabotage Reviews

‘Unthology is quietly becoming a reliable guide to the state of the modern short story, a companion to Nicholas Royle’s annual Best of British Short Stories anthology, and this latest instalment should do that reputation no harm.’ The Workshy Fop

‘Unthology says something true about today’s world, says it with interest and skill, and you should read it, soon.’ Litro

Live on a grand scale. Make deathless art. Scream paint. Sculpt ice. Let it melt and become a dynasty. Tarry with prophets and dreamers. Find joy in danger zones. Quit the stage of history. Tread the boards instead. Take a safari. Take a boat ride to the south of France. Work in the music biz, a chicken shack or cliff- top café. Fall in love, then out of love. Complete the jigsaw puzzle in a tiny room. Find yourself in a prison cell. Become a machine, loveable and servile. Realise that all the time, wherever you have been, whoever you’ve inhabited, you have been in a relationship with everyone there ever was or is yet to come and you can’t do one damn thing about it. Find fellow travellers here. Make friends with UNTHOLOGY 8.

The Unthologists

Victoria Briggs | Kit Caless | Armel Dagorn | Judy Darley | Laura Darling | Sarah Dobbs | Clare Fisher | David Frankel | Rodge Glass | Damon King | Dan Malakin | FC Malby | Amanda Mason | Martin Monahan | André Van Loon | Lara Williams

Hearing Voices: Litro Anthology of New Fiction

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‘Fast establishing itself in the literary landscape, Litro is a journal with voltage and panache.’ Tom Vowler, author of What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day

Litro has always taken a global view of the literary landscape, publishing writers from across Britain and far, far beyond its shores. Hearing Voices collects some of the best writing to have passed through the pages of the magazine during the ten years of its existence, and some of the most exciting authors to have graced its pages. From acclaimed writers like Pulitzer prize winner, Anthony Doerr, Chloe Aridjis, Kate Williams to newcomers who have yet to make their name, these stories represent some of the most vibrant voices on the literary scene.

Transatlantic: The Litro Anthology

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‘I love Litro; it’s super cool, and the benchmark for excellent short fiction.’ Emma Jane Unsworth, winner of the Betty Trask Award and author of Animals and Hungry, the Stars and Everything

Transatlantic: The Litro Anthology collects some of the best writing to have passed through the pages of Litro magazine, including stories by Anthony Doerr, Sean Beaudoin, Nikesh Shukla, Lucie Whitehouse and Jenn Ashworth. Litro has always taken a global view of the literary world, and this collection is no exception. There are stories from authors on both sides of the Atlantic, spanning locations as far apart as Ithaca and Nairobi – and even the surface of the moon. What connects them is the strength of their voices, and the vibrant originality of their storytelling. Transatlantic contains disturbed choristers and post-apocalyptic survivalists, aspiring rock stars and morally bankrupt nuclear power plant workers – but more importantly, it contains some of the most exciting and unique new voices to have appeared in modern fiction over the last few years.