Indie micropublisher Three of Cups Press will publish a short story anthology, Outsiders, edited by podcast host Alice Slater.
Slater, a short story reviewer for quarterly writing magazine, Mslexia, hosts the Short Story Salon at Gower Street Waterstones in London as well as co-hosting book podcast @WhatPagePod.
She is now in the process of commissioning writers for the anthology which will be published by the small press in summer 2020.
Three of Cups editorial director Clare Bogen told The Bookseller that the project has been in talks for several months. “I always knew that Three of Cups would eventually move into individual projects and it made sense, with our success with our three anthologies, to continue in that model but with a guest editor,” she said. “Alice Slater was top of our list. I think she's an incredibly talented writer in her own right. Her story, ‘The Alligator on Anxiety’, left me breathless.
"Alice knows more than anyone else about short stories, who is writing them and what the UK landscape looks like in terms of short stories. She thought of the concept of Outsiders because of her own passion for stories that address the strangeness of not belonging.”
Slater, who previously worked as a Waterstones bookseller, said: “I’m interested in community: creating community and rejecting it, craving it and disrupting it, fearing it and protecting it. But community can’t exist without outsiders: if we’re us, then who are you? I’m interested in the liminality of belonging and not belonging, and what happens when strangers and communities collide."
She added: "I’m delighted to bring together a community of incredible writers with Three of Cups to create an anthology that explores the ways in which people can fit in or stand out, and how these definitions can change in the blink of an eye.”
Three of Cups launched in July 2017 to promote and champion marginalised voices and has published three anthologies so far: On Anxiety, On Bodies and On Relationships.