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Tiny Crimes


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Table of Contents

"Circuit City," J. Robert Lennon
"Rat Face," Paul La Farge
"Any Other," Jac Jemc
"Alibi," Charles Yu
"Give Me Strength," Karen Heuler
"The Luser," Yuri Herrera, trans. Lisa Dillman
"Exit Interview," Christian Hayden
"Minor Witchcraft," Chiara Barzini
"Loophoole," Adam Sternbergh
"Mary When You Follow Her," Carmen Maria Machado
"Ghostlight," Elizabeth Hand
"Highway 1," Benjamin Whitmer
"Airport Paperback," Adam Hirsch
"The Fifth of July," Helen Phillips
"Withhold the Dawn," Richie Navarez
"Good Hair," Marta Balcewitcz
"nobody checks their voicemails anymore not even detectives," Sasha Fletcher
"Dogface," Sarah Wang
"See Agent," Mik Awake
"These Are Funny, Broken Days," Amber Sparks
"Knife Fight," Julia Elliot
"The Rhetorician," Adrian Van Young
"No Exit," Fuminori Namakura, trans. Allison Markin Powell
"The Hall at the End of the Hall," Ryan Bloom
"Friends," Laura van den Berg
"Hygge," Dorthe Nors, trans. Misha Hoekstra
"Three Scores," Nick Mamatas
"The Odds," Amelia Gray
"Nobody's Gonna Sleep Here Honey," Danielle Evans
"What We Know,v Misha Rai
"The Trashman Cometh," JW McCormack
"Actual Urchin," Henry Hoke
"The Law of Expansion," Brian Evenson
"Night Train," Fabien Clouette & Quentin Leclerc, trans. Jeffery Zuckerman
"We Are Suicide," Benjamin Percy
"A Bead to String," Michael Harris Cohen
"The Meme Farm," Adam McCulloch
"The Wrong One," Erica Wright
"Final Rescue," Kenneth Nichols
"Purple Pills," Rion Amilcar Scott

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  • $20,000 budget
  • Extensive bookseller endorsement campaign
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  • Extensive social media campaign with the help of the many well-connected contributors
  • Launch event in NYC with editors and local contributors
  • Possible appearances at AWP, Brooklyn Book Festival, and Boston Book Festival Publicity
  • National print and online review campaign, targeting LeVar Burton Reads, Tor.com, Men's Journal, GQ.com, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, O Mag, BOMB, and more
  • Outreach to active noir/mystery/crime community on the blog circuit
  • Widespread outreach to librarians and book clubs
  • Editors are well connected in the industry and have many personal contacts
  • About the Author

    Lincoln Michel is the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories from Coffee House Press. His fiction and criticism appear in The New York Times, Vice, Granta, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. With Nadxieli Nieto, he is the coeditor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction. You can find him online at www.lincolnmichel.com.

    Nadxieli Nieto is an editor and art director. She is the coeditor of Carteles Contra Una Guerra, which won the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona, and the Gigantic Books series. Formerly, she was the managing editor of the award-winning NOON annual and the editor in chief of Salt Hill journal. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as New York Tyrant, West Wind Review, and Washington Square Review, among others. She is on the steering committee of Latinx in Publishing (LxP) and teaches at CCNY. Her collaborative artist books may be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.


    Praise for Tiny Crimes
    Chicago Review of Books
    , A Best New Book of June 2018

    CrimeReads, One of Summer's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers
    Cupcakes and Cashmere, The List: What to Read This Week

    "For those who crave instant gratification, this collection of bite-sized crime stories from well-known names and rising talents will whet your appetite. Ultra-short pieces, most only a few hundred words, feature fictional tales as well as real-life crimes from authors like Elizabeth Hand, Adam Sternbergh, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and Carmen Maria Machado." -Harper's Bazaar, 1 of 16 Steamy New Books to Kick-Start Your Summer

    "An intriguing take on crime/noir writing, this collection of 40 very short stories by leading and emerging literary voices-Amelia Gray, Brian Evenson, Elizabeth Hand, Carmen Maria Machado, Benjamin Percy, Laura van den Berg and more-investigates crimes both real and imagined. Despite their diminutive size, these tales promise to pack a punch." -Chicago Tribune, 1 of 25 Hot Books for Summer

    "Forty writers explore 'the criminal, the illegal, and the depraved,' including Benjamin Percy. His 'We Are Suicide' is a gem about alienation and how it may leave a 'stain . . . bigger' than we see. These mini-mysteries will fit in your pocket." -Star Tribune (Minneapolis), 1 of 45 Books You'll Want to Read This Summer

    "These bite-sized tales of murder and mayhem are absolutely perfect. . . . You're bound to love this book, full as it is of depravity, double crosses, and intrigue-perfect for giving you chills on the hottest of days." -NYLON, 1 of 46 Great Books to Read This Summer

    "Very short but very satisfying tales of mystery, villainy, and murder. . . . The perfect companion in between dips in the ocean, this is a must-read for crime fans." -Bustle

    "[Editors] Michel and Nieto and all of the authors have done a superb job creating a kaleidoscope of death and dismemberment. . . . Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto's Tiny Crimes is the perfect book to take with you to any airport, any doctor's office, any police station . . . well, anywhere you need to take a break from the world and experience some good stories." -Criminal Element

    "There are lots of nifty touches in Tiny Crimes. The index is amusing, if not exactly necessary. . . . I was inspired flipping through this collection and found it useful in my day job-not doing crimes but teaching creative writing to high school kids. . . . So steal a copy of this book from your local bookseller or get a copy from the wonderful imprint Catapult. Catapult is doing lots of cool literary things and giving new writers a forum. . . . Tiny Crimes, released June 5th, is perfect for the beach, the plane, or the stakeout." -Critical Angst

    "With only a few hundred words at their disposal, the authors find inventive ways to tell their compact tales of mystery, often eschewing ornate whodunit plots for varied storytelling techniques. . . . The tenor of each piece varies from the dreamlike (Laura van den Berg's 'Friends') to the deliciously gruesome (Richie Navarez's 'Withhold the Dawn'). . . The range of writers from leading independent presses is impressive." -Library Journal

    "Do you like crime fiction? Do you like very short fiction? Well then! This anthology has contributions from the likes of Yuri Herrera, Carmen Maria Machado, Charles Yu, and Laura van den Berg. All in all, forty writers distilling crime stories to their essence, revealing the range of the form along the way."-Vol. 1 Brooklyn

    "Tiny Crimes is like a magical locket you open and out pour so many stunning strands of universe you can barely hope to contain again. Not only is there something delightful in reading the works of our greatest authors like this side by side; there is something so deliciously subversive in this anthology's insistence that all sorts of enormities be delivered as diminutive. Microfiction here means the classical, the experimental, the transgressive, the mannered, the American, the transnational-no matter where we go within it, this restless unsettling gem of a collection is unforgettable." -Porochista Khakpour, author of Sick

    "This collection of rabbit-punch stories demonstrate the limitless power and possibilities of crime/noir, a genre not afraid to tell you all about the downtrodden and outsiders who are gonna get you and get you good. Tiny Crimes packs a big wallop." -Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

    "Who knew so many of today's best fiction writers were such devious and depraved individuals, with hearts keen to a whole array of illegal or at least ill-advised desires, with minds capable of planning unlikely capers-or at least of coming up with particularly bold alibis? Tiny Crimes is a fantastic celebration of its genre, and its many diminutive capers are sure to thrill and surprise even hardened readers of the form." -Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

    "A compact, neatly designed, and very, very enjoyable set of extra-short stories, aka flash fiction, that set out mysteries, suspense, crime, or astonishing darkness. It's as if editors Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Neito skimmed the best and strangest tales from all the strongest mystery magazines going, and packed them into this intense block of well-designed illustrated pages." -Beth Kanell

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