The Compendium: LegendFire's Annual Anthology, 2021 released for free at Smashwords!
LegendFire Critique Community is as pleased as punch to to announce the release of the premiere issue of its annual anthology, The Compendium. The subtitle of the 2021 issue, inspired by the community's first year of contest prompts, is "Rise From Ruin: Between Misadventures." We tried to fit every prompt in there, but the title was already a mouthful.
The first issue features 6 poems, 2 memoir anecdotes, 5 full-length short stories, and easily a dozen ultra-short pieces that can be read in seconds yet provide the full satisfaction of a longer tale. All this alongside 2 original art pieces rendered by digital artist Aidan Zingler.
As the critique community's membership grows, so too will the length and variety of the Compendium.
In the premiere issue of LegendFire Critique Community’s Compendium, journey through caves inhabited by ravenous darkness, flee the burning rays of a demon sun, tumble headlong through turbulent seas and accidental misadventures in true-to-life confessions, and much more. Encounter poetry to challenge and delight, tales from a broad variety of genres, memoirs that will elicit sympathy and laughter, and ultra-shorts that can be enjoyed in under a minute.
This sampling of LegendFire’s 2020-2021 contest entries promises flights of fancy inspired by prompts sprung on the community’s writers with little warning. The resulting prose and stanzas are thought-provoking, often startling and, we hope, inspiring in return.
Patricia Denny-Purvis, Court Ellyn, Tony Glass, Joyce Lewis, Melanie Rebro, Laurel Stark, Finn Warrick, Jeffrey V. Yorio, Aidan Zingler
The Compendium may be downloaded for free at Smashwords: