Short, Vigorous Roots Anthology

Update from 6/15/23

The anthology received an honorable mention from Foreword Indies.

Update from 3/12/23

Another great review from NorthWest Review.

“Immigrants are more mobile and dynamic than most people with longer roots, and this mobility requires both determination and stamina.”

Update 3/1/23

A review from World Literature Today.

Short, Vigorous Roots is a new anthology of multivoiced, contemporary works of flash fiction. The book is about various and diverse experiences of migration. The flash fiction anthology, as the editors note, “looks critically at what it means to forsake tongues, traditions, and comforts in the hope of starting a new life in another world.” The collection of forty flash works is written by multigenerational authors from countries around the world, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and beyond.

Update 3/24/22

My copy is here. You can buy it on Amazon or Powell’s books. Or everywhere.

Update 2/27/22


March 1, 2022
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (PST)
Zoom link

Update 11/14/21

Listened to the podcast of my co-editor @oneill_susan and me being interviewed about this anthology.

Update 4/29/21

The new cover is ready. The publisher chose a yarrow plant, as it is a symbol of transitions and of healing, among other connections to the migrant story. I hope you will like the cover and the book as much as I do.

The anthology will be available in February 2022.

Update 12/31/20.

The submissions are closed. We are done with the anthology editing.

“Short, Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of Migrant Voices” is an anthology of Flash Fiction by first- and second-generation immigrants to the US and beyond, edited by Susan O’Neill and Mark Budman. We already have a distinguished university publisher, Ooligan Press, but we require a few more stories.

Each story 1000 words or fewer. Fiction only. It can be either original or previously published. You can submit up to two stories to info at Please submit to this email address as an attachment. Please put “Vigorous Roots” in the subject.

The theme of immigration, broadly interpreted. We encourage writers of color, especially writers who identify themselves as Black.

Terms and conditions: One copy and $10 honorarium. The contributors are allowed to republish their pieces with acknowledgement of this anthology. 

 Submissions will remain open until October 15, 2020, but may close early should the anthology fill.

Look forward to reading your stories,

Susan and Mark

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