Fiction. THE KILLER'S DOG by Gary Fincke, a collection of short stories, is the winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award. Michael Czyzniejewski had this to say about it: "Gary Fincke has always displayed the knack for finding the unusual, the intrepid, and the serendipitous, rendering the mundane into the absurd, then vice versa just as effortlessly. The characters in these twelve stories uphold his traditions, be they headless circus freaks, Civil War reenactors, or a murderer's dog sitter, proving Fincke to be as consistently surprising and as he is consistent. THE KILLER'S DOG is another chapter in the career of one of our great storytellers, such a joy from the first page to the last."
Since its inception, Gary Fincke has been co-editor (with Meg Pokrass) of the annual anthology BEST MICROFICTION. His books have won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction, The Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Nonfiction Prose, and what is now the Wheeler Prize for Poetry. His latest collection of full-length stories is Nothing Falls from Nowhere (Stephen F. Austin, 2021). Besides having work chosen to appear in Best American Essays 2020 and Best Small Fictions 2020, he has recently published flash fiction at such sites as Craft, Wigleaf, Vestal Review, Atticus Review, Ghost Parachute, Pithead Chapel, New World Writing, and Flash Boulevard.