I’m grateful to have published 15 stories this year. The longest was 975 words (“Sisters,” Bull & Cross); the shortest, 50 words (“Spotlight,” NEWMAG). Between those two extremes were four 100-word stories, six stories between 150 and 250 words, one 475-word story, and two 900-word pieces of flash fiction.
- “Spotlight,” NEWMAG, 50 words, January
- “Thirst,” Ellipsis Zine, 900 words, February
- “Teen Dream,” Splonk, 100 words, May
- “Driving Home,” Freshwater Literary Journal (print), 150 words, May
- “Onward,” Mojave Heart Review, 100 words, June
- “Makeover,” Elephants Never, 100 words, June
- “Beginnings & Endings,” Uppagus, 250 words, June
- “Best Intentions,” 24 Unread Messages (print), 200 words, June
- “Playing with Fire,” The Fiction Pool, 200 words, August
- “Sisters,” Bull & Cross, 975 words, September
- “When I Wore Fluorescents,” Little Rose Magazine, 100 words, November
- “Nice Guys,” Flash Fiction Magazine, 900 words, November
- “Choices,” (mac)ro(mic), 475 words, December
- “Rom-Com Drama,” the Under Review, 180 words, December
- “Opening Instructions,” the Under Review, 200 words, December
The first issue of the Under Review, out this weekend, features two of my stories. “Opening Instructions” is a 200-word story in list form, and “Rom-Com Drama” is, well, part romantic-comedy, part drama. The Under Review, led by Executive Editor Terry Horstman and Managing Editor Meghan Maloney-Vinz, publishes writing that has “a sport slant, nod, backdrop, or undercurrent.”
I’m thrilled to have my 475-word story, “Choices,” in (mac)ro(mic). Edited by Nick Olson, (mac)ro(mic) focuses on “stories that are worlds in words, pieces that tell a (mac)ro story in a (mic)ro word count.”
“Nice Guys,” my 900-word story about a self-centered roommate, an awkward breakfast, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, is featured today in Flash Fiction Magazine. Special thanks to editor Keely O’Shaughnessy.
Appearing today in Little Rose Magazine is my dark 100-word piece “When I Wore Fluorescents.” Little Rose Magazine, founded in 2018 by Kendra Nuttall and currently edited by Gregorio Tafoya, seeks to answer the question “What’s it like to be human?”
I’m honored to have my 975-word story, “Sisters,” included in the September issue of Bull & Cross. Edited by Daniel R. Julian, Bull & Cross was launched in April 2017.
Appearing today in The Fiction Pool: my 200-word story, “Playing with Fire.” The Fiction Pool, a British journal, features bold, daring, experimental, rebellious, and dreamy flash and is edited by Jo Simmonds.
I’m pleased to have “Best Intentions,” a story in the form of an email, included in 24 Unread Messages. The new British zine, founded by Jamie Graham, contains two dozen emails never sent to their intended recipients (fictional or real). “Best Intentions” is a communication from a teenage girl to her best friend’s boyfriend. Also included in 24 Unread Messages is work from Stephanie Hutton and Steve Campbell.
Today is National Flash Fiction Day in the U.K. To celebrate, stories of 500 words or fewer are being published every 5 to 10 minutes at Flash Flood: flashfloodjournal.blogspot.com. Additionally, from 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (BST), stories from debut writers will appear at 30 minutes past the hour. In 2017, I had the honor of having my story “Yesterday” published as part of Flash Flood.
June has been a busy month so far, with stories appearing in Mojave Heart Review (June 1) and Elephants Never (June 2). Today, “Beginnings & Endings,” my humorous 250-word story about a first date, appears in the latest issue of Uppagus. A mother-son venture, Uppagus publishes poetry and flash fiction. The current issue is its thirty-fifth.