Literary Magazine Limelight- Fantastic Flash Fiction Edition

Song of the Day: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones

Hello all! Today I'm in San Antonio, TX! And what a lucky thing I'm still able to blog today! It will be very brief I'm afraid. I'm sticking to the facts and that's it! As you know, it's Fantastic Flash Fiction Week! The limelight is on the following flash fiction magazine:

SmokeLong Quarterly

   A literary Magazine for flash fiction. Issues are released in March, June, September, and December. Since flash fiction is their specialty, they only accept fiction of 1,000 words or less. According to their website this is what they are looking for:

* language that surprises

* narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist
* pieces that add up to something, oftentimes (but not necessarily always) meaning or emotional resonance
* honest work that feels as if it has far more purpose than a writer wanting to write a story

They also publish one story weekly (SmokeLong Weekly) on their website. These stories are also featured in the quarterly issues. They accept simultaneous submissions, but they do ask that you only submit two manuscripts per quarter. Allow up to four weeks for response time, but you can expect to hear from them sooner. I didn't see anything about a reading fee, so I'm assuming there isn't one. Be sure to check the website to make sure.

http://www.smokelong.com/
 
There you have it! As always, Good Luck and Happy Writing!

What is Flash Fiction?

Song of the Day: "Flash's Theme" by Queen

    Hi all! Fantastic flash fiction week continues today with some information I've found to address the question, "What is flash fiction?" To put it in simple terms, flash fiction is very brief fiction. It's safe to say that flash fiction is a story that has a beginning, middle, and end, just as any other story does. The word count is where it gets tricky. Anything under 1,500 words is considered flash fiction. However, it depends on the individual writer. Some writers consider flash fiction to be anything under 700 words. There are publications that only want flash fiction of 100 words or less. It is said that flash fiction originated in 1992 when an anthology with the term in the title was published. Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and Anton Chekhov are all authors who have written flash fiction pieces.
    It appears that there is not very much information available on flash fiction, and I can't seem to get a straight answer. I think it is a form of fiction that at one time, was not very popular, but is now beginning to grow. People have less time these days to sit and read a whole novel. With the always changing influence of modern technology, flash fiction is not a bad way to go. If you're familiar with Narrative Magazine, you'll know that they recently introduced the "istory." It's a new application created for apple where readers can read a complete story that is under 150 words.
   Flash fiction is also sometimes referred to as "micro fiction," "sudden fiction" or "short short story." Sudden fiction is considered to be longer than flash fiction and micro fiction is considered to be shorter. A thousand words seems to be the cut off between flash fiction and sudden fiction.
   In my opinion, flash fiction is still evolving and so far, I like what I see.

Opportunities in the Fantastic Flash Fiction World

Song of the Day: "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West

Hello All! It's what you've all been waiting for! Fantastic Flash Fiction Week! I will be exploring the world of flash fiction for the entire week! I'm starting you off with some excellent opportunities if you're a flash fiction writer (or if you just want to try it out). Have a look.



1. WOW (Women on Writing) Summer 2010 Flash Fiction Contest 
    A quarterly contest open to all styles of writing. Entries should have a minimum word count of 250, but 
    should not exceed 750 words. There is an "open" prompt. There will be a total of 25 winners announced.
    Below are the prizes listed on the WOW website.

FIRST PLACE:

•$250.00 cash prize (We raised the cash prize by $50 this season!)
•$25 Amazon Gift Certificate
•Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
•1 Year Subscription to the Premium-Green Markets Community ($48 value)
•WOW! I Can Organize My Own Blog Tour by Jodi Webb and Angela Mackintosh ($19.95 value)
•Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

SECOND PLACE:
•$150.00 cash prize
•$25 Amazon Gift Certificate
•Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
•1 Year Subscription to the Premium-Green Markets Community ($48 value)
•WOW! I Can Organize My Own Blog Tour by Jodi Webb and Angela Mackintosh ($19.95 value)
•Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

THIRD PLACE:
•$100.00 cash prize
•$25 Amazon Gift Certificate
•Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
•1 Year Subscription to the Premium-Green Markets Community ($48 value)
•WOW! I Can Organize My Own Blog Tour by Jodi Webb and Angela Mackintosh ($19.95 value)
•Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

7 RUNNERS UP:
•$25 Amazon Gift Certificate
•Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
•1 Year Subscription to the Premium-Green Markets Community ($48 value)
•WOW! I Can Organize My Own Blog Tour by Jodi Webb and Angela Mackintosh ($19.95 value)
•Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

15 HONORABLE MENTIONS:
•$20 Amazon Gift Certificate
•WOW! I Can Organize My Own Blog Tour by Jodi Webb and Angela Mackintosh ($19.95 value)
•Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

Contest Entry fee is $10 and the Deadline is August 31, 2010.  Enter quickly because they close the contest once they have received 300 entries. For official information visit the link below.

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php



2. Blue Earth Review Eighth Annual Flash Fiction Contest
    Blue Earth Review is the literary magazine of Minnesota State University. The contest opens September 1, 2010 and closes on December 1, 2010. They ask that entries be under 600 words and there is a reading fee of $5. Submissions are accepted online only. There will be a total of 3 winners: First place receives $100, Second place receives $75, and third place receives $25. All three winners will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Blue Earth Review. Visit their website below.

http://www.english2.mnsu.edu/ber/contests.html










3. The Writer's Digest 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition
    Submissions should be no longer than 1,500 words. There is an entry fee of $20 and the contest closes December 1, 2010. Here are the prizes listed on the website:

First Place: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City

Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $500
Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books

For official rules and guidelines see the following link.

http://www.writersdigest.com/short

Good luck and Happy Writing!

What I've Just Finished Reading

Song of the Day: "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae


   Ok, I'm a little behind this week. I'm sure you were all dying to read about my findings in the Fantastic Flash Fiction World, but it will have to wait until next week. Anyway, I just finished reading Self Help, by Lorrie Moore. I am completely beside myself over this book. It's a collection of short stories, and by far, the best one I've ever read. After reading this novel, Moore has become one of my favorite authors, and this book is definitely on my favorite list. Self Help was initially suggested to me when my professor read a short story I'd written in the second person. She told me I hadn't "done it right," and suggested I read Moore's Self Help as an example of an author who had written in the second person successfully. Not all of the stories are written in the second person, but the ones that are, are AMAZING! My personal favorites were How to Become a Writer, and How to Be An Other Woman. Her writing is very sharp, concise, and at times, sarcastic. I don't know about anyone else, but I love a good sarcastic writer. This book is not what's considered a "beach read." It's not light at all, in fact it deals with a lot of "weighty" issues, hence the title. Self Help is a book I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a good read.

Literary Magazine Limelight

Song of the Day: "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees

American Short Fiction

   They publish work by all kinds of writers at various stages. Below are the submissions guidelines from their website:

1. Unsolicited submissions are accepted year-round. There are no set guidelines as to content or length--however, our Submission Manager requires that uploaded files be less than 500 KB. Anyone wishing to send a story to American Short Fiction should first become familiar with the work previously published by the magazine. Our standards for acceptance are extremely high. Sample copies and subscriptions are available for sale through our publisher's online store.

2. Short fiction submitted to the magazine must be original and previously unpublished. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced, with the author's name, address, phone number, and approximate word count at the top of the first page, and numbered throughout.

3. Send only your best work. Submit only one story at a time. Please first pay the $2 submission fee (click here to do so) before submitting your work.

4. We are not accepting paper submissions at this time. All paper submissions will be recycled upon receipt, unless an SASE with full postage for ms return is provided.

5. All manuscripts must be written in English. Translations are acceptable, but must be accompanied by a copy of the original text.

6. We will read and consider simultaneous submissions, on the condition that the author notify us immediately, by telephone or email, if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. Submitters may also opt to withdraw submissions through the Submission Manager.

7. Payment is competitive and upon publication. American Short Fiction purchases first serial rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.

8. The editors aim to respond to manuscripts in a timely fashion, and ask that you wait a minimum of four months to send follow-up inquiries. Please send inquiries by email to editors[AT]americanshortfiction.org and include the phrase "Submissions Inquiry" in your subject line.

9. As the name indicates, American Short Fiction does not publish poetry, plays, nonfiction, reviews, etc.
 
  The magazine charges $2 per submitted story. They also have a short story contest that will begin September 15, 2010.
 
Here is a link to their website:
 
http://www.americanshortfiction.org/
 
Good luck and Happy Writing!

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