Posts Tagged ‘Microfiction’

As a small note, the question had come up whether the list below was complete, or if there were more names.  Also, that there may be some mistakes on it, in terms of spellings and the like, the answer to this one being yes, that it is a long list and needed to be sent out quickly so errors here and there would be likely.  And as for the former, the “official” word on Facebook is that “[t]he list of stories written in Spanish is closed.  All the stories that are chosen from now on will be the ones that come from other languages and are being translated or corrected.”

So, yes, there should be considerably more (though don’t look for me to publish it in its entirety here 🙂 ) — since stories were to be only 200 to 300 words each, even a hundred would come to 30,000 words at the most, which would still make for a rather thin book.  On the other hand, some on the list are apparently already ones that were translated, my “School Nights” (to give the original title) for instance having been submitted in English.


And the list gets longer!  Yesterday brought the announcement, c.f. just below, of the first forty selections for the upcoming Spanish Anthology TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO while FaceBook today provides more authors and titles as the process continues.  So here’s where it stands now, and this time in an English translation (again, look for my story “School Nights” or, as it appears here, “Learning Nights”):

This is the list of the first 100 stories selected for the book “Nanocuentos del planeta tierra – Todo el mundo en un libro”.  We remember that there are stories to be translated, and that many of them will be added to the list in the near future.  This list only closes the contest for the writings that were presented in the group directed by Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman and whose original language is Spanish.  Thank you very much for your strength, drive and participation.  For people whose writings have been left out, for many different reasons (explained in a previous post), we remember that it is the writings that have been left out, not the people, and that if there is something bigger than a book or story is the person who writes it.  Let´s go.

Tales / one hundred such:

– “Blood Harvest” by Jenny Kangasvuo
– “demographics” of balázs farkas
– “the middle name”, of Dolly Garland
– “the hope”, of servando clemens
– “my last fear”, by Graciela Yaracci
– “a kiss for granny”, by gergely buglyó
– “post apocalypse”, by Alejandro Bentivoglio
– “this is the forest”, of Mary Rosa lojo
– “in silence”, of so blonde
– “names”, of José Luis Zárate

– “you look just like” Jorge Ariel madrazo
– “the tramp”, from samuli antilla
– “Emporeio”, by kostas paradias
– “before it’s late”, by Luisa Axpe
– “confession”, by Armando Azeglio
– “State of siege”, by Eduardo Cerdán
– “the sacrifice”, of Fabio Calabrese
– “the human library”, of martijn adelmund
– “steps in the sand”, by Giovanni Agnoloni
– “the assault”, by Carlos Almira Picazo.

– “learning nights”, by James Dorr
– “Mud”, by jay caselberg
– “Dayland”, by Alejandro Marcelo Guarino
– “Handmade”, by Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman
– “another day”, by Pedro José García Gambín
– “Diamair”, by Julia Martin
– “the man of the train”, by Bruce Memblatt
– “this city”, of j.s. meresmaa
– ” someone saw him?”, from Hector Ranea
– “children and kittens”, by John Paul Allen

– “the end of the vigil”, of mark e. Pocha
– “another day in the life”, of Holly Schofield
– “love above all”, of betina goransky
– “the female status”, of Karen Jennings
– “Transformation”, by Valjeanne Jeffers
– “the departure”, of Alberto Chimal
– “the rest room”, by J.J. Haas
– “murder without witnesses”, by Javier López
– “cultivated sorrows”, of rosana canosa.
– “rebirth”, by l.v. cervera merino

– “the fourth-hour mirror”, by Juan Pablo Noronha
– “vicious circle”, of João Ventura
– “five friends”, by José Eduardo Lopes
– “the scarecrow”, of Carlos Manuel Cruz Meza
– “says my mother”, lucas cristofaro de vincenti
– “the bell rang for a long time”, of katica kulavkova
– “wishes”, by Leonardo Killian
– “Solux”, by Michael Marak
– “sacrifice of life and death”, by Gerard Houarner
– “decision”, by Jorge Candeias

– “disappearances”, from Lori Saint Martin
– “Grandma and the rest”, Steve Rasnic’s.
– “the group”, of Susana Revolt
“modesty” by Susana Ricciardi
– “in the labyrinth”, of Vladimir Rivas iturralde
– ” h.i.j.o.s.”, by Marcelo Rubio
– “bird friend”, of know ali
– “every day”, Daniel Salvo
– “death wish”, from salik shah
– “sign language”, by Julia address

– “don’t make me”, Diana Ponce
– “in the way of the bird”, of estela porta
– “for ugly”, from Gloria Ramirez
– “I will miss this”, from Francisco Chiappini
– “she”, from reccared silebo boturu
– “Arno”, from dalmira tilepbergen
– “the time of the function”, of Debbie Willems
– “meat market” by Anna Hill
– “American pregnant prisoners” from marleen s. Barr
– “the cars, refrigerators and women” of Karla Barajas

– “mere suggestion”, by Fernando Sorrentino
– “the time of slavery”, by hervé madaya
– “permanence of the song”, by yulia watanabe
– “so soft, so tender”, from Magdalena Hai
– “only sixty seconds”, of noshin shahrokhi
– “a conversation between the left hemisphere and the right”, of Marta Markoska
“Paris, London”, by Jean Luc Raharimanana
– “Homeland” of mend-heard gom gojav
– “desolate”, of innocent ilo
– “waiting”, for okwudili nebeolisa

– “the man and the dog”, of mohamed saïd raihani
– “dream covered in white”, by ruba nassereldeen
– “dust to dust”, from valery riddle
– “Black albino”, from tulani ngwenya
– “Mutant journey”, by Gerardo Horacio Porcayo
– “Protein”, by Cristian Arenós rebolledo
– “chicken coop”, of peace palau
– “ingredients”, by Rogelio Ramos signes
– “two bodies”, of Carlos Chernov
– “the construction of the universe”, of ana maría shua

– “collector”, by Ricardo Bernal
– “go de polyphemus”, by Diego Muñoz Valenzuela
– “the pariah”, of Enrique tamarit cerdà
– “Fairy Tale”, by Daniel Frini
– “encounter”, by Edgar Omar Avilés
– “sacrilege”, by Antonio J. Cebrián
– “silhouettes”, by Ana Delia Carrillo
– “wasteland”, of light darriba
– “Hecatomb”, by Jorge Etxeverry
– “the pianist”, of angel fabregat

The objective of this group is to go towards the realization of an anthology of microfictions between 200 and 300 words whose subject is human life as an essential value.  The thematic axis must be the struggle of human beings to preserve or gain their dignity, identity and integrity.  I will have preference for texts describing abuses, mistreatment, persecution and discrimination against women, children, the elderly, the different, persecuted for political or religious reasons.  The deadline is September 30, 2017.

Such was the call, the book TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO or ALL THE WORLD IN A BOOK, but in Spanish (though submissions in English would be okay).  So why not?  I had a less than 300-word piece called “School Nights,” about a girl who discovers a vocation to be a vampire, which sort of fit the scheme anyway.  So off it went to “Compiler” Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman.  And now, via FaceBook, we have announced what I think is the final list of forty accepted authors and stories:

Aquí va la lista de los cuarenta siguientes:

“Estás igualito”, de Jorge Ariel Madrazzo
“El vagabundo”, de Samuli Antila
“Emporeio”, de Kostas Paradias
“Antes de que sea tarde”, de Luisa Axpe
“Confesión”, de Armando Azeglio
“Estado de sitio”, de Eduardo Cerdán
“El sacrificio”, de Fabio Calabrese
“La biblioteca humana”, de Martijn Adelmund
“Pasos en la arena”, de Giovanni Agnoloni
“El asalto”, de Carlos Almira Picazo.
“Noches de aprendizaje”, de James Dorr
“Barro”, de Jay Caselberg
“Dayland”, de Alejandro Marcelo Guarino
“Artesanal”, de Sergio Gaut vel Hartman
“Otro día”, de Pedro José García Gambín
“Diamar”, de Julia Martín
“El hombre del tren”, de Bruce Memblatt
“Esta ciudad”, de J.S. Meresmaa
“¿Alguien lo vio?”, de Hector Ranea
“Niños y gatitos”, de John Paul Allen
“El final de la vigilia”, de Mark E. Pocha
“Otro día en la vida”, de Holly Schofield
“Amor sobre todo”, de Betina Goransky
“La condición femenina”, de Karen Jennings
“Transformación”, de Valjeanne Jeffers
“La partida”, de Alberto Chimal
“La sala de descanso”, de J.J. Haas
“Asesinato sin testigos”, de Javier López
“Penas cultivadas”, de Rosana Canosa.
“Renacimiento”, de L.V. Cervera Merino
“Espejo del cuarto de hora”, de Juan Pablo Noroña
“Circulo vicioso”, de João Ventura
“Cinco amigos”, de José Eduardo Lopes
“El espantapájaros”, de Carlos Manuel Cruz Meza
“Dice mi madre”, de Lucas Cristofaro de Vincenti
“El timbre sonó durante un largo rato”, de Katica Kulavkova
“Deseos”, de Leonardo Killian
“Solux”, de Michael Marrak
“Sacrificio de vida y muerte”, de Gerard Houarner
“Decisión”, de Jorge Candeias

“School Nights” (or translated here, “Nights of Learning”) was originally published in GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION (Burial Day Books, 2014 — cf. October 13 2017; October 29 2014, et al.), with TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO originally set to be published in Spain in March, but with the announcement of authors out just this month (originally to have been December 31), could be running five or six seeks late.

Tidbits of Terror?  Who can resist them?  This is a quickie (quirky?) I just ran across on today’s cruise of the interwebs, “13 Horror Stories for Super-Short Attention Spans,” courtesy of THE-LINE-UP.COM.  Numbers 4 and 11 struck me as notably creepy.  And especially “just for fun,” number 12.

Read and enjoy here.

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