POSTCARDS FROM IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS // The Shortest Story

Created by Peter Chiykowski

A book of 88 stunning micro-stories written as postcards from strange worlds and alternate lives, featuring the voice of Cecil Baldwin

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Thank you
9 months ago – Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 10:32:29 PM

Hi everyone!

What a wild month it's been working on this book! The book is printing early, the Kickstarter is finished, and I'm going to hide under a blanket with my dog for the rest of the day before I jump back on the horse and keep production on all the reward tiers moving

(So far, so great!)

Before I go, a few words of thanks!

Thank you to all you 973 backers who looked at this project and said THAT'S WEIRD but meant it in a good way and decided to give it a try. You're going to love this book!

Thank you to the people who didn't have money to back the book but still took the time to reach out and tell me how excited they were about it, or to share it with someone. You're incredibly kind,

Thanks to Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, my friends and publishers at ChiZine Publications who have been encouraging me to release a fiction collection for years and years and were incredibly supportive through the writing and editing process.

Thanks to the impossibly talented collaborators who produced 11/10 work for this project: Cecil Baldwin, Jordan Shiveley, Sonya Ballantyne, Shawn Coss, Sandra Kasturi, Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman.

I can't speak highly enough of their contributions to this book of their individual creative projects, which I heartily encourage you to check out.

Thanks to all the photographers who make their work available for weird creative projects like this, and especially to my friend Inna Yasinska, who encouraged me when I discussed this idea with her four years ago and who has been there to photograph the most important moments of my life.

Thanks to Mathias, my friend and graphic design hero who produced the Kickstarter video, the t-shirt design and those incredible animated story videos. What a powerhouse talent.

Thanks to Darryl Whetter: my writing mentor and good friend. His foreword is so touching and thoughtful that I am actually embarrassed to share it with people. I cried the first time I read it.

Thanks to the book proofreaders: Megan Harris, Kate Lane-Smith, Eric Weiss, Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, who are damn good at their jobs.

And thanks to the too-many-to-name Good Humans who have reached out over the past month to support me though a stressful time. I've been dealing with a lot of personal life upheaval throughout this campaign, and so many friends and family stepped in at various times to write guest comics for my webcomic, cover for me at conventions, and take care of other parts of my life that were overwhelming me.

I feel an emotional debt that I have no idea how to repay. I'm trying very hard to be worthy of the love you've shown me--it's a high bar you've set.

Alright, I'm gonna go make a blanket fort, hug my dog and eat a pizza the size of a manhole cover.

Then back in the saddle tomorrow,

❤️ Peter

Another animated story video + 16 hours left
9 months ago – Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 12:33:27 PM

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to say thank you for all your enthusiasm as the campaign comes to a close. This has been a life-changing month for me, and I couldn't be prouder of how this project has grown and taken on a life of its own! I'm excited to see where we can take this in the last 24 hours.

Mathias, the designer who worked on the Kickstarter video, just finished another animated story that blew me away! Take a look below!

Canvas prints are a go!
9 months ago – Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 12:11:27 PM

Hey guys!

Last week I ordered some canvas print samples and they just arrived! They turned out excellent! I've added them to reward tiers, and they're also available as add-ons, so you don't need to switch reward tiers to get one.

Just click "Manage My Pledge" and add $45 CAD (~$35 USD) to your pledge. (Note that while you still need to pay shipping on your base pledge, the $45 covers the shipping for your add-on.)

You can get any story from shorteststory.com printed on canvas, attached to a solid wooden frame, and signed.

 You can get yours in either a rectangular 12" x 8" frame or a square 12" x 12" frame with black bars for the title and signature.

Also, we just passed $40,000 and unlocked another stretch goal: another animated story featuring the voice of Cecil Baldwin!

 60 hours to go!

Book printing + animated video #1 + guest-of-the-month line-up + stretch goals
9 months ago – Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 03:07:02 AM

Hi everyone! I have a few exciting printing updates to share!


Printing update!

It's with great excitement I share the news that the book is printing! I am hoping to have the first copies in hand by Fan Expo weekend, although they may arrive just after.


First animated video

Also, the first animated story video from the $32,500 stretch goal is ready! Mathias Semmann, my talented graphic designer friend who put together the Kickstarter video, was excited to get started and produced this over the weekend.


First 3 authors in guest-of-the-month line-up!

I'm thrilled to announce the first three guest-of-the-month authors who will be writing stories for shorteststory.com.

James Stevenson is the talented short story writer and poet behind Write With Lightning. He posted a new geek-themed haiku to Twitter every day for a year, and has had his poems and short stories published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies.

Kat Kruger is Chief Wordsmith at Steampunk Unicorn Studio. With over ten years’ experience writing in the entertainment and gaming industries the studio offers a wide gamut of storytelling, workshop, and publishing services.

Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains. She is fond of time travel.

Stretch goals

We've also unlocked some other stretch goals, including additional "guest of the month" authors and monthly writing prompts culminating in a writing contest.

I am going to post either a photo or a word/phrase as a monthly writing prompt and encourage people to write their own micro-stories. Everyone is free to participate and you don't need to have backed the Kickstarter to take part. I'll be highlighting and sharing my favourites!

At the end of 6 months I'm going to host a writing contest where writers can respond to a new prompt and also send in up to 3 of their previous prompted pieces for consideration. I'll have a small panel of judges who will read the stories without any identifying tags as to author and we'll pick a winner and two runner-ups to receive publication and payment.

The book is printing early + canvas frame prints + stretch goals PART 2
9 months ago – Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 07:59:33 AM

Hi everyone! There's quite a bit of good news to share, so I'll get right into it!


We are ahead of schedule!

The book is going to print early! Every printing stretch goal has been unlocked, every guest author has sent in their story and Cecil Baldwin just sent me all his audio files on Friday, so THIS IS HAPPENING!

I exported an almost-final version of the book on Saturday night, and it has already been reviewed by the proofreaders. This evening I'll be exporting the all-but-final version, which will go through 2 more proofreaders with fresh eyes. On Wednesday I'll do a final review and export the final files for the printer.

If all goes well, we should have books in time for pick up at Fan Expo in Toronto at the end of the month. I might even try to schedule a little book launch shindig in September. More on this to come!

Canvas frame prints

I'm still looking into viable sourcing for this, but it looks like I might be able to add canvas-on-wooden-frame wall prints to the rewards. I should be able to set it up so you can request any story you want for your wall art, but I'd love to know which stories you would most like to have on your wall!

If I can find a good source for these, I am also going to have version available with just the story (no black sections above and below the story).

New stretch goals

Last part of the update! We are less than $500 from finishing our final stretch goal! I have sat down and hammered out a new set of stretch goals for the last 2 weeks of the campaign, including:
  • animated text videos of narrated stories (in the style of the Kickstarter video)
  • additional high-res wallpapers for backers receiving the wallpaper reward
  • hosting monthly story prompts and juried postcard story-writing contests with publication and payment for the winners (this will be open to the public and backing the Kickstarter is not necessary to enter)
Take a look!