“Get in, get out. Don’t linger. Go on.” ―Raymond Carver

Robert Scotellaro is the author of over a dozen books and chapbooks.
Here are his most recent collections of flash fiction:

Ways to Read the World

(Scantic Books, 2022)

Scantic Books is proud to publish Ways to Read the World, the new collection from flash fiction master, Robert Scotellaro. There’s an old saying that postulates there are two sides to every story. Scotellaro goes one step beyond with these triptych tales. These three-part stories present three unique and interconnected literary explorations, giving readers three distinct ways to consider each character, relationship, event, mood, theme. In short, over and over again, Scotellaro expertly packs three stories into one with the skill of someone packing for three separate sojourns in one compact carry-on bag. Join him on his journeys and discover a multitude of ways to read the world in what author Meg Pokrass calls, “mini-marvels of diamond-cut prose.” Author Michael C. Keith calls this book, “A triple delight and triumph,” while author Robin Stratton notes that, “No one–no one–does flash fiction better than Robert Scotellaro.”

What Are the Chances?

(Press 53, 2020)

“Dip into What Are the Chances? for lightning-quick glimpses into the human soul: An eldercare worker with an uncanny ability to finish sentences, an alluring woman in a squid mask, a couple who make love in front of funhouse mirrors, skateboarders in an empty swimming pool…a hit man in retirement. Here are promises, anticipations, titillations, regrets.”

—Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture, The Literary Hub

In What Are The Chances? Robert Scotellaro offers us spelunkers and pot-smoking nuns and birthday party clowns…  In a heartbeat, we spiral into lives both ordinary yet on the edge of change and danger, and over the course of just a few pages, he lays bare damaged hearts and offers connections as tenuous as they are tender… These stories are small, but they pack a heavyweight’s punch. Scotellaro is truly a master of the flash fiction form.”

—Curtis Smith, author of The Magpie’s Return

Nothing Is Ever One Thing

(Blue Light Press, 2019)

Nothing Is Ever One Thing is a Master Class in flash fiction. These elegant stories shine a slanted light on the high wire act of human existence with a unique blend of pathos and grit. Robert Scotellaro’s microfictions are breathtaking little epiphanies.”

—Meg Pokrass, author of Damn Sure Right and Alligators at Night

Nothing Is Ever One Thing is a perfect Scotellaro stew of geishas, bingo callers, stuntmen, and musical saw bands, sprinkled throughout with micro-fables and other tasty bits. The magic and beauty of chance are celebrated along with the various relationships we live in every day. Brilliant stories from the pen of a flash fiction master.”

—Francine Witte, author of The Way of the Wind and Dressed All Wrong for This

New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction

(W.W. Norton & Company, 2018)

“Reading these wonderful tiny fictions is like stealing food from the refrigerator before, or after, dinner. A sublime luxury.”

Frederick Barthelme, New World Writing

“These micro fictions violate the laws of geophysics by compressing whole lives / whole worlds / whole heartbreaks into something like diamonds: bright, riven, reflective, edged, wonderful, and hard enough to cut through glass.”

—Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted 

(Big Table Publishing, 2016)

“You can’t be complacent when you read Robert Scotellaro’s stories. He’s a master of the miniature tale, wielding concision like a sculptor’s knife…  These 100-word stories are both barbed and beautiful.”

– Grant Faulkner 

Author of Fissures and co-founder and editor of 100 Word Story

(Blue Light Press, 2015)

“Scotellaro’s flash stories, sentence by sentence, ride disjunction to dazzling heights of hilarity, hard won wisdom, and the sweetest grief. He is the sublime story teller of tiny lives colliding with big moments.”

– Pamela Painter

Author of Wouldn’t You Like to Know
and The Long and Short of It

(Blue Light Press, 2012)

“Every story in Measuring the Distance starts with a bang and never lets go of us. I read right through the book, led on from amazement to amazement.”

– X. J. Kennedy

Author of Dark Horses and Cross Ties: Selected Poems