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Songs of My Selfie
An Anthology of Millennial Stories

Edited by Constance Renfrow; With Meagan Brothers


Apr 2016

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Trade Paper

$15.95 US
($20.99 CAN)
978-1-941110-40-9 | 9781941110409
1-941110-40-1 | 1941110401

48 per carton

Fiction/Literature

FICTION

Anthologies (multiple authors)

Spring 2016

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Published by Three Rooms Press

Description:
SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories celebrates the millennial through the works of up-and-coming fiction writers, all under the age of twenty-six. This collection features seventeen short stories by millennial writers about actual millennial issues, exposing this generation's true ambitions and frustrations, humor and heartbreak, despair and joie de vivre.

With fresh new voices and edgy prose, these compelling stories offer a cross-section of vibrant millennial characters: unemployed grads deep in debt, expectant mothers on the cusp of adulthood, online relationship addicts, and millennials at war with their families' expectations—even while stuck living at home. Here are the strong and the weak, the self-aware and those who reject reality—all carefully crafted to buck the common perception of the millennial. And yet, with a knowing wink, each story is accompanied by a selfie of its author.

Forget what the media says—SONGS OF MY SELFIE reveals what it really means to be twenty-something today.


Excerpt:
I Celebrate My Selfie: An Introduction
by Constance Renfrow, Editor

Millennials. Twenty-somethings. Unique little snowflakes. We take selfies and Instagram our food, and on a particularly eventful day we might live-Tweet someone else’s breakup. I can’t exactly blame anyone for thinking it: we certainly sound obnoxious, don’t we?

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there on how to deal with us—and how to deal with being us. Sites like Buzzfeed and Huffington Post provide weekly encouragement—usually in listicle form (“25 Crippling Self-Doubts We All Have When We’re 25!”). Magazines and books explain to our parents everything they did wrong that’s now preventing us from moving out and getting our own insurance. Even our bosses seem to need help engaging us, their millennial employees—who apparently won’t do anything unless we’re told exactly how it benefits us. Or at least, this is the sort of thing that’s exploding on our news feeds (and so it must be true, right?).

But to hell with that. At Three Rooms Press, co-directors Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, and I (their millennial-aged editor) are inspired by the passion of young creative types, and their ambition and drive. We believe today’s literary community needs to celebrate the spark that millennial writers have—much the same spark all young writers have had for centuries. We want to provide a platform from which up-and-coming writers can share their work with their peers, as well as with past and future generations.

We created Songs of My Selfie to be an anthology of stories by millennials, about millennials, for millennials. It features seventeen new writers under the age of twenty-six (that bittersweet year when the final advantages of early adulthood have been used up), with a cover designed by a twenty-something typographer. All of the stories chosen for inclusion came from our “Quarter-Life Crisis” contest, held over the summer of 2015. The goal was to create an anthology that showcases the talent, creativity, and dreams of young writers and characters of all genders, ideologies, creeds, sexualities, religions, backgrounds, etc., while speaking to a common experience new to our generation: the quarter-life crisis.

“Quarter-Life Crisis” is the theme of this anthology, and it is defined by that pillar of accuracy and wisdom, Wikipedia, as: a period of life usually ranging from the late teens to the early thirties, in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by the stress of becoming an adult.

Or in plainer language, it’s that moment when a recent grad realizes that sleeping on a leaky air mattress next to her Craigslist roommate is just the worst. Or when a newly minted Master of American Literature gets the first paycheck of his dream career and discovers it won’t even cover that month’s rent. Or when a twenty-three-year-old mother comes to terms with the fact that she hates her husband—and the new home they just bought together.

In short, this is the time when we fear we’ll never become fully functional adults—or worse, that maybe adulthood just never gets better at all. The quarter-life crisis affects everyone differently, and sometimes the only thing you can do about it is write. Our hope is to show our fellow millennials that no one’s alone—that we’re all experiencing this together—and to clear up our dreams, fears, and real-life experiences for anyone who wants to understand what being twenty-something in 2016 is actually like.

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