The 'American Idol' of Written Performance for Hot, New Authors

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New York Shorts, Urban Novellas, Volume I is as real and personal as it gets. Urban living, loathing and laughing at it's best. A definitive mirror image of the gripping realities of city life. The "American Idol" of written performance for hot, new authors. Smart and edgy.

We also want to see different and exciting images of people of color.

There's no getting around it. New York Shorts, Urban Novellas, Vol. I nails it to the wall. It is as real and personal as stories get.

This impressive and surgically accurate collection of urban literature by no-nonsense writers reads like a ride on the last run of a New York City Subway, when all the good and gentle freaks make their way home to the high rises and alleys of a city that runs, non-stop -- or stops on a dime. It all makes sense in a heart-stopping, heartwarming way, as the real and the surreal intersect.

Five bold, talented authors dish up quirky tales and painfully real nightmares. New York Shorts embraces, exemplifies and plays with the singular funk and sparkle, as well as the depraved, lurid definitions of New York, as a city like no other.

New York Shorts is to contemporary literature as American Idol is to the vast playing field of raw, musical hopefuls. "We want to help spring board writers' careers; do what Russell Simmons did with Def Comedy and Def Poetry," says Eric McKay, creator of New York Shorts. "We also want to see different and exciting images of people of color."

Brave, in-your-face, new and previously published works abound in this blockbuster collection, where they can be consumed by diverse audiences as well as industry honchos. Stories are either plot or character driven and potentially adaptable to television, film or stage.

New York Shorts contributors, no matter where they were born and raised, capture the precise, gritty essence of big-city life. Their taut fiction, however, is set in New York City or its surrounding boroughs.

New York Shorts, Urban Novellas, Vol. I's first released in August of 2006 quietly graced the market with solid sales and continues to climb steadily. A video documentary, focusing on this unique genre, is also in the works. Submissions for New York Shorts, Urban Novellas, Vol. II will be accepted in April, 2007.

New York Shorts, Urban Novellas Vol. 1 - ISBN: 0-9725377-1-6

Web Site: NEWYORKSHORTS.COM

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor and Ingraham Books

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