After publishing the Best Small Fictions Anthology for the past four years, Sonder Press recently informed the BSF team that we would not be moving forward with publishing future editions. This was a thoughtfully made, though difficult, decision as we believe the series is a wonderful showcase for the types of authors we support. However, over time we have increasingly realized that the obligations of a project of this magnitude were taking our small press away from our foundational passion—directly supporting authors to publish their creative work.
We had hoped to be able to communicate this decision in a coordinated manner, but because of the abundance of social media discourse that this change has sparked in the last day, we feel it is necessary to publicly clarify the reasons for our decision. In this vein, we also wish to state that the 2022 edition is and will continue to be available through Sonder Press, although there have been significant printing delays which we regret not communicating more publicly. These delays have now been resolved and outstanding copies will be arriving in February.
We are proud of the volumes produced during our tenure with the Best Small Fictions series, but are excited make this change and return to our roots. We look forward to sharing more about what the future of Sonder holds with all of you soon.
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own -- an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you'll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
(Definition reproduced from
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
by John Koenig)
Sonder Press, sister to The Sonder Review, is an independent publisher of fiction and narrative nonfiction. We publish short fiction and essay collections, as well as full-length works. We believe in the profundity of the written word and the necessity of paper beneath your fingertips.
We seek well-written, engaging works of prose with a penchant for language. Writing which has been crafted with care and precision; which attends to detail and astonishes sensibility. Narratives which provoke and pursue. We wish to be transported, rearranged and awakened; to feel the weight of every word. We want distinct visions rendered in piercing prose. Storytelling which is thoughtfully wrought and delicately vibrant – which throbs the gut and burns the throat; which brings the peculiar, the off-angles and edges, to light; which leave us breathless and aching, shivering with the resplendent, churning pulse of human experience.
All of our titles are printed as perfect bound trade paperback books with a unique ISBN and distributed via our website, print-on-demand platforms, and retailers worldwide. We believe incredibly strongly in our authors and take immense pride in bringing their vision to fruition. We also do our best to promote their voices and nominate their work for applicable awards and prizes.
Please visit our submissions page for more information on how, what, when, and where to submit. We look forward to reading your work.