What’s Next?: Short Fiction in Time of Change

Transition and change are 21st-century lived experiences. We want to know “what’s next” in our relationships, environment, societies, politics, and everything else that touches our lives. “What’s Next?” is an anthology of short fiction that creatively explores these questions.

Editor Sharyn Skeeter personally reached out to a diverse group of contemporary fiction writers and curated the book to reflect our changing times. Rather than include mostly pandemic stories, the editor kept the topics open and the event will reflect a refreshing diversity in modern fiction.


Claire Boyles, Joseph Bruchac, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Toiya Kristen Finley, Tom Gammarino, Amina Gautier, Anthony Lee Head, Meng Jin, Charles Johnson, Pauline Kaldas, Vijay Lakshmi, Clarence Major, Donna Miscolta, Pamela Painter, Jane Pek, Brenda Peynado, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Shannon Sanders, George Saunders, Joanna Scott, Anna Sequoia, Asako Serizawa, Amritjit Singh, Sharyn Skeeter, Tiphanie Yanique, and Ye Chun.

About the Editor

SHARYN SKEETER was fiction, poetry, book review editor at Essence magazine and editor-in-chief at Black Elegance magazine. She taught journalism, writing, and literature at colleges and universities. Her poetry and articles have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Dancing with Langston, her debut novel received the 2019 Gold Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award (multicultural adult fiction). She has given readings and participated in literary events in the United States, India, and Singapore. She’s on the boards of ACT Theatre and Hugo House in Seattle.

300 pages; 6 x 9 / Softcover
$19.95 print / $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-950584-86-4 (print)
Publication Date: September, 2022
Distributor: IPG / Chicago
Rights sold: All rights available.
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