Frayed Edge Press

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Frayed Edge Press is an independent press located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which specializes in publishing marginalized voices, overlooked literature in translation, and works that wrestle with important questions impacting contemporary society. We publish literary fiction and poetry, as well as non-fiction titles in history and political science. We also publish the Street Smart Series of Short Fiction, consisting of contemporary, urban-set novelette-length works. Translated works in any of these categories are also considered if rights are in-hand. We especially welcome marginalized voices, both historical and contemporary, including women, people of color, ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, and progressive political viewpoints. We seek original and thought-provoking works, including experimental fiction, contemporary poetry, and non-fiction focused on political and environmental concerns, history, civil rights, women's rights, and sustainability.

Where to find Frayed Edge Press online

Yearning for the Sea
Price: $2.99 $2.24 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 15,120. Language: English. Originally Published: June 23, 2024 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Classics
Yearning for the Sea picks up the story of Homer's Odyssey at the point of Ulysses' return to his wife Penelope, twenty years after the destruction of Troy.
The Ghettobirds
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 8,560. Language: English. Originally Published: April 12, 2024 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » General
The Ghettobirds presents thirty works of speculative poetry that celebrate the ability of humanity to adapt to, surpass, and possibly transcend its environment and its origins.
The Flying African
Price: $6.99 $5.24 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 177,730. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2024 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
The Flying African follows the journey of an unnamed traveler, a young Armenian writer who spends fifty-four adventurous days in Africa, one day in each of the continent's countries. Fifty-four chapters provide vignettes of the visits to each country, in which the traveler experiences the beauty of the land and the complexity of the people, as well the continent’s darker side.
Ambushing the Void
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 40,960. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fake reviews on Amazon. Punk rock angels. YouTube memorials. Anarchists, misfits, immigrants, addicts, juvenile detention communes, and religious testimonies via web cam. Ambushing the Void explores the margins of 21st century America, presenting characters confronting new worlds, new technologies, and new social structures while attempting to retain their identities and worldviews.
Blessed Hands: Stories
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 97,840. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is the first ever complete English-language translation of Halpern's collected short stories. ​These psychologically insightful stories present the lives of protagonists who are working-class poor, social outcasts, and those experiencing illness, disability, and racism. Halpern worked as a massage therapist in a hospital and many of these stories are about those who work with their hands.
Right Guy, Wrong Time: A #MeToo Love Story
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 61,500. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Edie has what seems like an almost-perfect life, but things take a serious turn for the worse when she is raped while on a date. When the perfect guy turns up at the worst possible time, Edie has to figure out what romance and sex mean in the aftermath of rape. This offbeat feminist romance moves beyond "girl meets guy," dealing empathetically with what recovery can look like in the #MeToo era.
Loose in the Bright Fantastic
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 53,930. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Loose in the Bright Fantastic presents a character in the early stages of dementia with both humor and compassion, and deals realistically with some of the family challenges encountered. It will appeal to readers of women’s fiction, family dramas, and anyone dealing with “sandwich generation” issues of caring both for growing children and aging parents.
Songs for the Gusle
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 31,120. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » European / French
Songs for the Gusle is a collection of folk literature from the former Illyrian Provinces. Or is it? It contains short pieces from various genres—ersatz scholarly essays, ballad lyrics in the form of prose poems, folk tales, a fragment of a stage play—generously peppered with footnotes explaining the historical and sociological context of these “discoveries.” A treasure trove of "fakelore"!
In Madison's Cave
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 60,720. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Historical » USA
A fictional correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams provides insight into the Founding Fathers' thoughts on early American history, government & politics, education, race relations, and other themes that still resonate in modern American life. For lovers of American history and politics, and the epistolary novel.
Jeremiah Hacker: Journalist, Anarchist, Abolitionist
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 37,710. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2023 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers
Covers the life and writings of journalist and reformer Jeremiah Hacker (1801-1895). He was the long-time editor of The Pleasure Boat, Portland, Maine's most controversial newspaper. He championed various causes including the abolition of slavery, equal rights and dress reform for women, prison reform, and pacificism, including opposition to the Civil War.
Dig
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 44,290. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This mixed-genre collection of short stories, microfiction, and drama provides a kaleidoscope of human experience—from navigating fraught romantic relationships and definitions of masculinity, to dealing with the pull of family. Featuring Latinx characters who are often caught between cultures, DIG explores themes of physical and emotional violence, human relationships, and culture and identity.
Full Fare
Series: Street Smart, Book 1. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 15,320. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
As the temperature drops, Paris authorities make a plan to prevent deaths of the homeless: house them in disused train cars on the outskirts of the city. This unintentionally creates a social and political experiment that leads to a new form of society—and causes the police and authorities to clash with the homeless train dwellers and the anarchists who’ve come to support them.
Down and Out in Paris, with Cat
Series: Street Smart, Book 2. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 12,210. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
The trials and tribulations of an American anarchist abroad: an American ex-patriot leads a life that many would envy, living and working in Paris. But all is not well for him in the beautiful “city of lights”—his French girlfriend has left him, he’s fallen off the wagon after decades of sobriety, and a homeless cat is now tugging at his heartstrings.
The Accidental Anarchist
Series: Street Smart, Book 3. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 14,720. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Caroline Wilson has a good job and a good husband in Philadelphia, but a restless need for a change of scene and a little excitement has her impulsively boarding a commuter bus to New York one morning. A turn down a New York City alley unexpectedly plunges her into a world she never could have imagined, where young anarchists are battling against human traffickers—and they need Caroline’s help.​
Stealing MacGuffin
Series: Street Smart, Book 4. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 19,180. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A failed screenwriter turned private detective has his life turned upside-down when he’s talked into stealing MacGuffin, an unusual memento, from the home of one of Hollywood’s most infamous directors. Set in present-day Baltimore, Stealing MacGuffin pays homage to the likes of Dashiell Hammett and the hard-boiled detective story, while at the same time spoofing Hollywood both past and present.
Pele's Domain
Series: Street Smart, Book 5. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 11,590. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii tests Officer Jenny Freitas like nothing else in her young police career. She finds a murder victim in a doomed house just seconds before the lava overwhelms it. A second victim draws Jenny back to the danger zone again and again. Maybe the goddess Pele isn’t satisfied with owning the islands. Maybe she, and the killer, want Jenny too.​
The Day Is Gone
Series: Street Smart, Book 7. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 12,400. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
A Chicago family’s lives are disrupted when two young brothers discover the body of a local man in a ditch. So used to seeing violence in their neighborhood, they don’t bother telling anyone. When their mother finds out, it sets in motion a plan to move the family to a safer neighborhood. When their father loses his job and abandons them, their mother must ensure the safety of the family herself.
"Make the Bear Be Nice"
Series: Street Smart, Book 6. Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2022 by Frayed Edge Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
A homeless teen working nights cleaning movie theaters at a South Jersey cineplex forms an unlikely friendship with a former high-school classmate and his sister. Their relationship—as well as his relationship with his estranged father—culminates with a chaotic uprising during a screening of an annoyingly ubiquitous summer blockbuster kids’ movie.​

Books

Street Smart X 7: A Street Smart Series Omnibus
Price: $5.99 $4.49 USD. (25% off until July 31!) Words: 94,390. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Now together under the same cover for the first time: all seven numbers of Frayed Edge Press’ Street Smart Series of Short Fiction—novelette-length works featuring contemporary urban settings, well-drawn characters, and engaging plots.

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