Thursday, September 30, 2010


I'll be teaching another flash fiction course beginning on November 1, 2010. It runs four weeks and is done entirely online. The course always fills quickly so sign up soon at (where you can also see further details about the course along with some past course evaluations.)

I've been teaching this course (and an online course in writing haibun) for several years now. It's always refreshing and inspiring to meet so many gifted writers who are attracted to flash fiction. Soon I'll have my Part II course worked up and will begin offering it. Stay tuned!

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(Rose Metal Press).

There's a group reading/discussion sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toledo (Kyle Minor's site) and it's going quite well so far.
It begins at

The discussion then continues, chapter by chapter, and you can access discussion for each chapter from the menu on the right side of the screen. Just click the chapter you want. See discussion on my chapter, "The Myth-ing Link" at at

Some of the contributors who've stopped by to comment (so far) include myself, Nathan Leslie, Randall Brown, and Tara Masih (the editor). I expect even more of the contributors to comment as their chapters come up for discussion.

If you don't have a copy of this collection yet, you're really missing out. You can order it at:
BOOKS AND BEYOND: GREENWOOD ENECYCLOPEDIA OF NEW AMERICAN WRITING (4 vols). Edited by Kenneth Womack. (Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut/ London, 2008.)

(URL/ link above must be all together, unbroken, so cut and paste to get to the site.)

I also hope you get the chance to read my 8,000-word article on flash fiction in the above encyclopedia. You can always ask your library order it for you. My article on flash fiction includes a tenative working definition, a history, discusses contexts and issues, selected authors, reception, trends and themes, and includes a bibliography, and further reading recommendations. The encyclopedia set is wonderful for its in-depth articles on so many different types of writing (some types I'd not heard of).

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Flash fiction got a nice recommendation at the Psychology Today (Magazine) web site. Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction was mentioned (I have an article in this collection) and so was Flash Fiction Flash (my free online newsletter). The article is by two well-known literary agents, Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett, on trends in book publishing and the article discusses flash fiction at length See the article at

or at

It's great to see that this type of writing is being recognized more and more by literary professionals.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Found two new (to me) interesting looking markets for flash fiction.

The deadline for submissions for the fall issue is October 1, 2010.
Quarterly literary magazine accepting original, unpublished photographs and images of artwork in JPEG format, 300 DPI; prose (essays, fiction, review, commentary), unpublished, 800 words or less; poetry, unpublished, 40 lines or less. Will be publishing 10 poems and 10 works of prose (5 fiction, 5 non-fiction) in each issue, and will include one or two submitted artworks in each. Acceptance is somewhat competitive. Show us your best work. Pays contributor copy.

Quarterly print magazine interested in publishing stories under 500 words. All contributors get two complimentary copies of the magazine.

And here's a third for good measure (which is a high paying market).

SUBTROPICS consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas (up to 15,000 words) and self-contained novel excerpts. Pays $500 for short-short fiction. Submissions are accepted from August 31 to April 15

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