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Adam Marek , Pat Winslow , Anna Ball , Suzanne Batty , Crista Ermiya , Graham English , Gabriella Reed , Ra Page

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30 Mar 2006
Rampaging behemoths, giant, washed-up fishtails, mysterious briefcases, role-playing cuddly toys... The world of the short story is a weird and wonderful one, made even stranger by the unique assortment of characters that crop up in them. Incongruity seems to be their secret ingredient - or rather the right kind of incongruity, an artful one that punctuates the flat realism of most literature and inserts an isolated moment, an atomised truth. Comma's second anthology of new writers showcases 20 of the most imaginative and daring voices taking up the form; writers dedicated to charting the far reaches of this terrain right at the outset of their careers; writers who prove it's best to stay short. As with Bracket, the first in this series, all the writers here have no major publication behind them, but show remarkable skill and daring in their work. Stories were drawn and edited from over 600 submissions, after a call out to aspiring writers and creative writing courses the length and breadth of the UK. Unlike Bracket, Parenthesis called specifically for experimental writing. And whereas its predecessor was found by critics to have 'an impressive amount of control on display', Parenthesis celebrates just those writers who take a risk and cut loose.

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C D Rose has published a trail of short stories over the last ten years, most recently 'A Publisher Surveys the Changing Literary Scene' in Unthology 3 (2012). He also edits the online Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, a blog project that publishes stories of writers who have achieved a certain measure of literary failure. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is currently working on a PhD in story, which will explore mixing history, essay, memoir and fiction to push the boundaries of the short story form, at Edge Hill University. Rose has lived in half a dozen different countries and works as a language teacher and translator. He lives in Norwich and makes bread. Tom Fletcher writes short stories and novels. His first two novels, The Leaping and The Thing on the Shore are published by Quercus and are available now. He is currently working on a third, called The Ravenglass Eye. Adam Marek is an award-winning short story writer. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His first story collection Instruction Manual for Swallowing was long-listed for the Frank O Connor Prize. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, The Stinging Fly and The London Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry, The New Uncanny and Bio-Punk from Comma Press, The Best British Short Stories 2011, and the British Council s New Writing 15.

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