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Slavko Zupcic

Slavko Zupcic (Venezuela, 1970), psychiatrist, occupational health doctor and writer. He is the author of the novels Barbie, Círculo croata, and Pésame mucho, all of which are included in the book Tres novelas (2006); he is also the author of the short story collections Dragi Sol (1989); Vinko Spolovtiva, ¿quién te mató? (1990); 583104: pizzas pizzas pizzas (1995), and Médicos taxistas, escritores (2011, 2014). He has published the book of literary crónicas Máquinas que cantan (2005) and the children’s book Giuliana Labolita: el caso de Tepe Toledo. In 2007 he was included in the group Bogotá 39, selected by Hay Festival. His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies in Venezuela and Latin America, and have been translated to English, German, Hungarian, French and Portuguese language. In 2015 he and Alejandra Costamagna published Bogotana(mente) with the publishing house Brutas Editoras. He presently resides in Valencia (Spain) and practices medicine in Castellón.

Literary Solutions to the Death of My Mother-in-Law’ (‘Soluciones literarias a la muerte de mi suegra’) is part of a new collection of short stories.


Federico Vegas

Federico Vegas (Caracas,1950) completed his degree in architecture from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in 1976. He has taught architectural design in the UCV, design at Princeton University (1983) and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (1995). He has published the following books on architecture: El continente de papel (1984); Pueblos. Venezuela 1979-1984 (1986); Venezuelan Vernacular (1985);and La Vega, una casa colonial (1988). In the 1990s he began publishing collections of short stories: El borrador (1996); Amores y castigos (1998); Los traumatólogos de Kosovo (2002); La carpa y otros cuentos (2009); Los peores de la clase (2011); La nostalgia esférica (2014). He has also published six novels: Prima lejana (1999); Falke (2005); Historia de una segunda vez (2006); Miedo, pudor y deleite (2008); Sumario (2010); Los Incurables (2012); El buen esposo (2013). His newspaper pieces and essays are collected in the books La ciudad sin lengua (2001); La ciudad y el deseo (2007); and Ciudad vagabunda (2014).

The Tent’ was originally published as ‘La carpa’ in the collection of short stories La Carpa y otros cuentos (Caracas: Alfaguara, 2009). 


Gustavo Valle

Gustavo Valle (Caracas, 1967) is the author of the books Materia de otro mundo (2003); La paradoja de Itaca (2005); Ciudad imaginaria (2006); Bajo tierra (2009); El país del escritor (2013); and Happening (2014), which earned him the III Novel Biennial Adriano González León and Venezuela’s Critics’ Prize, as well as the XIII edition of the Cross-Genre Prize of the Friends of Urban Culture Society. He has written two feature film scripts, El libro que no ganó el concuro and Peones, both of which have merited him awards by the National Centre of Cinematography (CNAC). He is a regular contributor to a number of print and digital media in Argentina, Venezuela and Spain.

Corny or Porny first appeared as Lo cursi y lo porno in the magazine Letras Libres in January 2004 and was later included in the La paradoja de Ítaca (Caracas: Ministerio de Cultura, 2005).


Héctor Torres

Héctor Torres (Caracas, 1968)is a narrator and literary promoter. He is the author of the short-story books El amor en tres platos (2007) and El regalo de Pandora (2011), as well as of the novel La huella del bisonte (2008), which featured among the finalists of the 2006 Adriano González León Biennial, and of the crónica collections Caracas muerde (2012) and Objetos no declarados (2014). Formerly the editor of the website he was also the creator of the Critics’ Award to Best Novel of the Year, awarded by said portal. His texts have been included in a number of anthologies, and he has been a contributor to various print and online publications. He has taken part in workshops with the writers Santiago Gamboa, Leila Guerriero and Alberto Salcedo Ramos. Presently he is a regular contributor in the magazine Clímax and the portal El Cambur. He delivers literary workshops and since 2006 is the coordinator of the Short Story Prize for Young Authors of the Policlínica Metropolitana.

What do They Call Those Born in Chivacoa’ first appeared as ‘Como se les llama los que nacen en Chivacoa’ in Caracas muerde (Caracas: Punto Cero, 2012).


Francisco Suniaga

Francisco Suniaga (Margarita Island, Venezuela, 1954) is a lawyer specialised in international law. For years he worked as an academic and wrote columns in Venezuela’s most respected newspapers. Between 2004 and 2009 he was the director of Exxito magazine, which focused on politics and economy. He has published the novels La otra isla (2005), which has been translated to German and French; El pasajero de Truman (2008); and Esta gente (2012). In 2010 Random House Mondadori also published the collection of autobiographical fiction Margarita infanta, a mural derived from his childhood in the Caribbean island of Margarita. Presently he is fully engaged in fiction writing and is planning to publish his next novel in 2016. He splits his time between MargaritaIsland and Caracas.

The Other Island’ is an extract from chapter XXII of the novel La otra isla (Caracas: Oscar Todtmann Editores, 2005).


Jesús Miguel Soto

Jesús Miguel Soto (Caracas, 1981) read media and communication as well as letters (Letras) at the Central University of Venezuela. He has experience working as a lecturer, copy editor and editor. He has published the collection of short stories Perdidos en Frog and the novel La máscara de cuero. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 64th edition of the yearly short story competition by El Nacional, the VII National Short Story Award organised by the Association of Venezuelan Authors and Composers (SACVEN) and the XXIII edition of the Literary Competition Juana Santacruz (Mexico). His stories have appeared in anthologies, such as Joven narrativa venezolana II and De qué va el cuento. Antología del relato venezolano 2000-2012.

Jesús has just been named one of the Bogotá39 for 2017: the 39 best Latin American writers under 39.

One of Many Potential Short Cuts’ was originally published as ‘Uno de muchos posibles atajos’ in the collection of short stories Perdidos en Frog (Caracas: Lugar Común, 2012).


Carlos Sandoval

Carlos Sandoval (Caracas, 1964), literary critic, writer, editor. He is research fellow at the Institute of Literary Research of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and lecturer at the UCV and the Catholic University Andrés Bello. His latest publications include De qué va el cuento. Antología de relatos venezolanos 2000-2012 (2013); Servicio crítico. Despachos tentativos sobre literatura venezolana (2013); Propuesta para un canon del cuento venezolano del siglo XX (2014; as coordinator, together with Carlos Pacheco and Luis Barrera Linares); El rastro de Lovecraft. Cuentos misteriosos y fantásticos (2015). He has been recognised with the Municipal Prize for Literary Research (2001), the I Crónicas Competition by the magazine Clímax (2006) and the Short Novel Prize of the I Literary Biennial ‘Julián Padrón’ (2010).

Any Old S’ was first published as ‘S cualquiera’ by the Venezuelan portal


Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles

Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles(Caracas, 1977) is the author of the novels Blue Label / Etiqueta Azul (2010), winner of the Ibero-American Novel Prize Arturo Uslar Pietri; Transilvania, unplugged (2011); Liubliana (2012), winner of the International Literary Prize Letras del Bicentenario Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and of Venezuela’s Critics’ Prize 2012; Jezabel (2013), and Julián (2014). He holds undergraduate degrees in letters (Letras) from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, and in philosophy from the Central University of Venezuela; he also holds master’s degrees in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and in literary studies from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Ljubljana’ is an excerpt from the prologue of the novel Liubliana (Caracas: Ediciones B/Bruguera, 2012).


Ednodio Quintero

Ednodio Quintero (Trujillo, Venezuela, 1947) is a university lecturer, essayist, Japanese literature specialist, photographer and one of the most distinguished contemporary writers in Venezuelan literature. He is the author of eight books of short stories collected in two anthological volumes: Combates (2009) and Ceremonias (2013); eleven novels, including La danza del jaguar (1991), Mariana y los comanches (2004) and El hijo de Gengis Khan (2013); several book-length essays; a biography, Akutagawa, el elegido (2013); and a couple of film scripts. He has been recognised with the most significant literary awards in the country, such as the yearly short story competition by El Nacional (1975), the CONAC Prize for Narrative (1992) and the Miguel Otero Silva Prize awarded by the publishing house Planeta (1994). On two occasions he has taken part in year-long programmes by the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, where he has conducted research on the authors Junichiro Tanizaki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa. He also works on translations of contemporary Japanese literature into Spanish.

The Princess of Escurrufiní’, originally ‘La princesa de Escurrufiní’, is a previously unpublished short story.


Miguel Hidalgo Prince

Miguel Hidalgo Prince (Caracas, 1984) completed his undergraduate degree in letters (Letras) from the Central University of Venezuela. He is the author of the collection of short stories Todas las batallas perdidas, published in 2012 by BID & Co and is presently working on a new collection.

Half Way There’ was first published as ‘A medio camino’ by the Venezuelan portal 

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