Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Randall Brown wins chapbook contest

Randall Brown, whose (very) short story, “Patterns,” will appear in upstreet number four, has won the 2007 chapbook contest conducted by Flume Press, a small press affiliated with the literary editing and creative writing programs at California State University, Chico. His short-short story collection, Mad to Live, will become the latest book in the Flume Chapbook Series, and will be released in August or September of this year.

The aim of Flume Press is to give newer writers exposure that can help them achieve deserved recognition. They publish one book a year, with a print run of 500 copies, and try to get the book to reviewers, literary magazine and small press editors, and other readers interested in contemporary poetry and fiction. Flume began in 1984 as an independent poetry publisher, and since then has released 18 poetry chapbooks. In 2003, they launched their first fiction chapbook contest, the winner of which was Sherrie Flick’s I Call This Flirting, which Randall says was “…a big influence on my writing short shorts.”

Randall Brown teaches at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He holds a BA from Tufts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he studied with authors such as Nance Van Winckel, Abby Frucht, Pamela Painter, and Douglas Glover. He was formerly an editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, an online literary magazine dedicated to flash fiction. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain, Connecticut Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Evansville Review, The Laurel Review, Dalhousie Review, and others. You may visit Randall at his blog.

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