Ad Hoc Fiction 2023 Book News

Lots of great news for our short-short fiction press, Ad Hoc Fiction in 2023. Thanks to everyone worldwide who has bought any of our books. We love championing the short short form! First, for the third year running, Ad Hoc Fiction was a regional finalist (South West) in the small publisher category of the British Book Awards.

This news in February, was followed in the summer with the news that both David Swann and Tim Craig were shortlisted in The Rubery Award, Dave for Season of Bright Sorrow his 2021 Novella in Flash (which was the first prize winner in our Novella in Flash Award of that year and Tim for his 2022 collection, Now You See Him. In July we heard the wonderful news that Season of Bright Sorrow won the short story category and then the overall Rubery Book of the Year, for which Dave won £2000 (shared with the fantastic illustrator Sam Hubbard and a plaque)

Also, in the summer we learned that Now You See Him was longlisted (one of only ten short story collections) for the prestigious Edge Hill Prize for short fiction. Many congratulations to both David and Tim.
Now You See Him was also shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards along with several other of our Ad Hoc Fictio pubocations. We’ve listed them all in a post and thank you to everyone who nominated our books and activities and voted for them We’ve FIVE categories short-listed in Saboteur Awards, 2023!

Our other Award winning author this year is Michael Loveday. His guidebook Unlocking the Novella in Flash, published in 2022, has won mutiple awards this year.We are so pleased this excellent guidebook has received so many accolades! Many congratulations to Michael. So well deserved! Read all about his different writing services here.

Ad Hoc Fiction has published two other brilliant guide books this year. Haibun: A Writer’s Guide edited by Roberta Beary, Lew Watts and Rich Youmanns, which has already been hailed as the definitive guide on the subject and 51 and a half Games and Prompts for Writers by Vanessa Gebbie, which is now included in Chester University library as a reource for writers and has been recommended in the U3A national newsletter in the UK as a resource for writers. Rather late, but worth waiting for, we published three novellas in flash from the 2022 Novella in Flash Awards. In June, The Twisted Wheel, a runner up in the awards by David Swann, a highly commended novella, Essence by Christopher M Drew and Summer 1969, a shortlisted novella, by Sheree Shatsky. We’ve also published three more exciting novellas in flash The Learning Curve by Jan Kaneen, winner of the 2023 NIF Award, Prodigal by award runnner up Anna M Wang and The Top Road, award runner up by Fiona McKay which were the winners of the 2023 NIF competition. All these books were launched at the 2023 Flash fiction Festival in July.

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The Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology for 2022 Dandelion Years was published right at the beginning of thre year together with Flash fiction Festival Volume 5 (pictured in our gallery here). They were launched in Bath in March with cake and wine.
Our 2023 BFFA anthology will be back from the printers next week (cover reveal then) together with the next Flash Fiction Festival Anthology in the rainbow series (indigo this time). They will be posted to all contributors immediately and there’s a launch date in Bath (17th February) and a launch online to be confirmed soon.

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