Twenty-four short stories, exclusive afterwords, interviews, artwork, and more!
From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, EXIT EARTH is yours to conquer.
EXIT EARTH includes the short fiction of all fourteen finalists from the STORGY EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition, as judged by critically acclaimed author Diane Cook (Man vs. Nature). EXIT EARTH EXTRA contains additional stories by award winning authors M R Cary (The Girl With All The Gifts), Toby Litt (Corpsing), James Miller (Lost Boys), Courttia Newland (A Book of Blues), and David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), in addition to stories by Tomek Dzido, Ross Jeffery, Alice Kouzmenko, Tabitha Potts, and Anthony Self. With exclusive artwork by Amie Dearlove, HarlotVonCharlotte, CrapPanther, and cover design by Rob Pearce.
The EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition
EXIT EARTH Promo Trailers, directed by Anthony Self
How To Curate A Life by Rachel Connor
Don’t Go To The Flea Circus by Duncan Abel
When The Tide Comes In by Joseph Sale
The Superhero by Tomas Marcantonio
From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom, not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, EXIT EARTH is yours to conquer.
As Britain ventures into promised lands of sovereign soil and Europeans hunt for home, America launches non-nuclear crusades and declares fake news a fact. Putin and NATO deploy and defuse as new weapons give rise to an ice age of wars. Corporations find shelter protected by laws, their havens remote with no honesty clause. Construction continues and heavens lament, the hopes of the homeless controlled by the rent. Hurricanes and hunger and earthquakes and drought, the problems of people all nameless in news. Temperatures rise and ice caps melt as fossil fuels burn and forests exhaust. A man on a boat toasts his profit with glee as a mother and child count beans in a bank. A baby is born by a nurse without sleep, her husband transported, deported, and exiled, again. They fight for the right to be accepted at last, not by colour or class, but humans with heart. They read and observe and think and debate, the problem the same, mankind is to blame. Them, or me, or us, or all. Choose your companions. Stand tall.
The EXIT EARTH Anthology includes 24 exclusive SHORT STORIES, fourteen exclusive ILLUSTRATIONS, fourteen AFTERWORDS by each author, INTERVIEWS with each winning author, and exclusive INTERVIEWS.
The authors in The EXIT EARTH Anthology are the finalists of the EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition. The critical reading and judging of entries to the Competition is currently underway and we will provide an update once the finalists have been confirmed. The schedule for announcements regarding the finalists of the short story competition is as follows:
‘Don’t Go To The Flea Circus’
‘Crow Rides A Pale Horse’
‘How To Curate a Life’
‘Songs That Only Squirrels Can Hear’
Philip Webb Gregg
‘And The Waves Take The Words’
‘The Euth of Today’
‘When The Tide Comes In’
‘Recorded Interview 3’
EXIT EARTH EXTRA
M. R. Carey
‘The Sons of Tammany’
‘The Fanglur and the Twoof’
‘Six Month Anniversary’
David James Poissant
‘The Birds, The Bees’
‘Daylight Breaks Through’
HarlotVonCharlotte is an artist living and working in London – she graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration, subsequently discovering that the years spent there were a complete waste of time. She primarily focuses on figurative illustrative artwork of the slightly odd and macabre persuasion and has also used sculpting, painting, figure drawing and graphic design to create new styles and unique works of art. She is currently experimenting with laser cut acrylic collages. She collaborates with other artists for live drawing events. Her client list ranges from corporate to personal commissions.
London based tooth fairy and monster enthusiast Amie Dearlove, works as a tattooists apprentice by day and creature creator by night. When not making tiny toothy jewellery Amie can be found keeping sketchbooks and live drawing with her fellow artists.
Carrie South is an illustrator and painter from Oklahoma City, OK who creates delightfully brutal illustrations.
Rob is a Graphic Designer from London who has worked with clients ranging from Nike & The British Film Institute to The Churches Conservation Trust. He recently designed the cover for the novel The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War, which was serialised for BBC Radio 4.
EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition
The Exit Earth Short Story Competition was judged by the STORGY Editorial Team and award winning writer Diane Cook; author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and former producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologised in Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.