Short Fiction Publications 2014
Tyler's story 'Sealskin' was awarded the $10,000 Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize 2014, given annually to the best story published in a Canadian magazine by an emerging writer of distinction. 'Sealskin' originally appeared in New Orphic Review, and was republished by McClelland and Stewart as part of the Journey Prize Stories 26 anthology, where it appeared alongside the work of fellow finalists Clea Young and Lori McNulty, as well as the rest of the longlisted stories.
When young Dodos meet young Dragons is a joint anthology of Mauritian and Welsh writing, by authors 35 and under. The project was co-edited by Sachita Samboo, Barlen Pyamootoo, and Alan Perry, who for many years has been helping to run the annual Terry Hetherington Young Writer Award; several past finalists and winners of the award have gone on to establish themselves as authors and poets, and appear in the anthology, including Tyler - who was a finalist in 2010 alongside Anna Lewis and Jonathan Edwards, the eventual winner.
This anthology was edited by John Lavin, who collected a range of stories that had been previously commissioned by Wales Arts Review for its ongoing Fiction Map of Wales series. Each story was set in or around the area in which the respective author lived, and Tyler's contribution, 'Fabrications', is about a young couple who happen upon a shop where an eccentric old man is selling ancient rugs. The story explores themes of storytelling and narrative and is set in a 'fabricated' version of Llanidloes, and is available to read in its entirety online at Wales Arts Review.
Tyler's second piece of fiction to appear in Black Static is a creepy mix of true crime, mystery, and horror. The author claims he dreamt the story, woke up in the middle of the night, and began to write it. We promotional types at his website are slightly dubious about this claim - it would be just like Tyler to claim some quasi-mystical eureka moment - but we were nonetheless disturbed by the results. We won't give it away, but suffice it to say the piece begins on a beach, with a shoe, and a foot in the shoe - though nothing else happens to be attached to the foot. The macabre mystery takes off from there...
Susie Wild, head editor of Parthian Books, put together this anthology of new Welsh fiction, appropriately entitled Rarebit - after the traditional dish of that name. It's a real feast of new fiction, with contributions from Rachel Trezise, Rob Lewis, Deborah Kay Davies, and many others - both established and newcomers. Tyler's contribution, 'Mangleface,' is a revamped version of the story that won the Frome Festival Short Story Competition, and which subsequently appeared in his collection about work and manual labour, Burrard Inlet.