Fish Gotta Swim Editions
October 29, 2016
After the rousing success of our first publication, Winter Wren, we’re convinced that the novella is not dead. That is, after all, why we started this press. To celebrate the form, and because we know there are lots of novellas sitting in drawers out there, we’ve decided to hold a “Gone Fishing“ novella contest. Fish Gotta Swim Editions will publish the winning entry as a beautifully designed, physical book. Here’s how it works:
Send us your finished (fiction) novella. Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Entries must be original work by a single author. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR NAME DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Contact information (including an email address) should be included with the title on an enclosed separate page. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Length: approximately 20 000 to 40 000 words
Deadline: January 31st, 2017
Prize: 25 copies of the book, plus promotion and distribution via the Fish Gotta Swim Editions website and review copies sent to literary blogs and magazines
Entry fee: $35CAD payable via PayPal (button on the fishgottaswimedtions.com site), Interac e-transfer or cheque in Canadian funds. Please make cheques payable to Theresa Kishkan (Fish Gotta Swim Editions’ co-publisher, in case you were wondering, and you can ask her about Interac…).
Submitting: PDFs can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The winner will be notified by April 1st, 2017
Please feel free to share our call for submissions with your friends and writing network, or anyone else you know who has a novella just waiting to be published.
The fish are jumping, and our net is ready!
Anik See and Theresa Kishkan
October 15, 2016
Anik has built a website for our imprint: www.fishgottaswimeditions.com
September 13, 2016
A generous and lovely review of Winter Wren at Pickle Me This today.
September 12, 2016
September is novella month at my house. I’m offering a special deal — all three of my novellas (Inishbream, Patrin, Winter Wren) for $45. Shipping included. (It’s not too early to think about Christmas shopping!) Here’s my grandson Arthur enjoying his grandma’s novellas on the rocking chair in my kitchen.
To order, send me an email (theresakishkan at gmail.com) and I’ll arrange the details.
May 14, 2016
I keep seeing the box of Winter Wrens in the kitchen (three boxes arrived yesterday from Printorium in Victoria and man, are they good at what they do!) and feeling very happy with how it looks. Tomorrow I’ll be packing up the first orders, along with the keepsakes John printed last week.
Thrilled to see this in B.C. Booklook (scroll down until you come to K):
April 28th, 2016
So many people have shown such enthusiasm for Fish Gotta Swim Editions! Thank you all! Winter Wren has been proofed and double-proofed and is now at the printer (the excellent Printorium in Victoria…). We expect to see our first shipment next week. Can’t wait! I’ll post a photograph of the first box of books. For those of you who order early, there will be a special little keepsake, printed on one of our platen presses by Friend (and one of the husbands) of the Press, John Pass.
In September, 2014, writers (and friends) Anik See and Theresa Kishkan were having a conversation about novellas. Both wrote them, both had published them (Anik’s Postcard was part of a collection released by Freehand Books in 2009 and Theresa’s Inishbream was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2001). But as they talked, they realized that the manuscripts they’d recently completed had been turned down by many publishers who’d all said more or less the same thing: “Great writing! But we can’t publish novellas!”
“Well, you know what that means!” Who said it first? Doesn’t matter. They both laughed. And Fish Gotta Swim Editions was born that day, in Theresa’s kitchen on the Sechelt Peninsula, as Anik paused for a night or two enroute from the Berton House Residency in Dawson City to her home in Amsterdam.
And why the novella? Ian McEwan says, “I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. It is the beautiful daughter of a rambling, bloated, ill-shaven giant (but a giant who’s a genius on his best days).” What would a literary family look like without that beautiful daughter? It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Because the novella tends to be brief, with a flexible range of 20,000-40,000 words, Anik and Theresa envision small books – handsized! — with good design values. They agree with Henry James who admired what he believed was the novella’s perfect scale: “the value above all of the idea happily developed. . . .” Think of something beautiful and rare, perfect for an afternoon’s reading by the fire, with a glass of wine.
Between them, Anik See and Theresa Kishkan have decades of publishing experience. Anik has published 3 books, including Saudade(Coach House Books, 2008) and A Fork in the Road (MacMillan, 2000); she has produced award-winning radio documentaries for CBC Ideas, ABC, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide; and her articles have appeared in the Walrus, National Geographic, and Brick. She has also worked as a letterpress printer and book designer. Theresa has published 12 books, most recently Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (Goose Lane Editions, 2011) and the novella Patrin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015); her work has been nominated for many awards, including the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, National Magazine Awards, and the Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction.
So – Fish Gotta Swim Editions. Because, well, they gotta.
Fish Gotta Swim Editions distil decades of writing, editing and design excellence into novellas a pleasure to read and to hold.
In 1974, in the disrupted midst of her life as a painter in France, Grace Oakden comes home to Canada and buys a cabin on a west coast beach. A friendship with the dying, embittered son of a famous artefact collector, and an affair with a local potter working in the Bernard Leach tradition, buttress her awakening engagement with chosen place and discovered purpose: to paint the view at dusk.
Theresa Kishkan is the critically acclaimed author of 11 books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, most recently a memoir, Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (Goose Lane Editions,2011) and a novella, Patrin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015). She lives near Pender Harbour, northwest of Vancouver.
ISBN 978-0-9780054-5-0 (paperback) May, 2016
138 pages, paperbound, with French flaps
$18 + shipping and handling. (As postal rates fluctuate, we will bill you at cost.) For now, we will accept cheques or money orders. Query first.
For North, South, and Central American orders:
Fish Gotta Swim Editions c/o Theresa Kishkan (theresakishkan at gmail.com)
Fish Gotta Swim Editions c/o Anik See (foxrunpress at yahoo.ca)