Published today in NEWMAG: “Spotlight,” my 50-word prose piece about a hardworking bass guitarist. NEWMAG is a British journal based in Birmingham and edited by David Alexander.
I feel so fortunate to have published 14 stories this year. The longest was 1,900 words (“Flowers & Diamonds,” Fiction on the Web); the shortest, a mere 18 (“Midnight,” Chantarelle’s Notebook). Between those extremes: one 50-word story, four 100-word stories, four stories of 300 or 350 words, one 475-word story, one 650-word story, and a 1,000-word piece of flash fiction. The highlight of the year was Fictive Dream nominating my story “Scars” (published during Flash Fiction February) for the anthology Best Microfiction, 2018. All in all, a wonderful year.
“Just Another Night,” my flash story about a woman harboring ill will toward the last day of December and all the unrealistic expectations associated with it, has been published this week as part of the Fairlight Books 2018 Winter Stories series. Based in Oxford, England, Fairlight Books seeks to “find new ways to re-connect readers with good writing and beautiful books.” Special thanks to editor Urska Vidoni.
Sonic Boom has released its fourth anniversary issue, which includes my 100-word story “True Colors.” The journal, based in India and founded by Shloka Shankar, publishes three issues a year.
“Three Little Words,” my 100-word story about a barista and her favorite customer, appears in the first issue of Pixel Heart Literary Magazine. Chloe Smith created the publication “to showcase writing…created with heart, online.” The issue’s theme is love.
“Rewind,” my 650-word story about long-lost lovers meeting up again at a high school reunion, appears in the first issue of Paper Trains Literary Journal. The publication was founded by Meg Shenoy and gets its name from the idea that “life is an exciting ride.”
I’m honored to announce that my story “Scars” has been nominated for inclusion in Best Microfiction, 2018. The anthology, which will be edited by Meg Pokrass and Gary Fincke, will feature stories of 400 words or fewer. Literary journal editors can nominate up to eight stories published during the year. Novelist and short story writer Dan Chaon will serve as final judge. Best Microfiction, 2018 is scheduled for publication in spring 2019 by Pelekinesis Press. “Scars” appeared in Fictive Dream during Flash Fiction February. Thanks, Laura Black, editor of Fictive Dream, for the nomination.
I’m beyond thrilled to have my 350-word story, “True Love,” in the latest issue (Volume 10, No. 2) of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. The biannual British magazine, edited by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, has been publishing fiction of up to 360 words since 2008. Flash is the journal of the International Flash Fiction Association and “aims to include stories told from all angles and by writers hailing from all points of the compass.” Previous contributors include Margaret Atwood, Lydia Davis, Grant Faulkner, Tania Hershman, Calum Kerr, Meg Pokrass, Claire Polders, and Santino Prinzi.
“Flowers & Diamonds,” my 1,900-word story about friendship and trust, appears today on Fiction on the Web. The British publication, edited by Charlie Fish, has been presenting stories online since 1996, and I’m honored to have my story included.
Featured today on Who Writes Short Shorts? is my 475-word story, “Wade’s Apology,” a woman’s account of her boyfriend’s attempt to placate her with excuses. Who Writes Short Shorts? is an online magazine that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of up to 1,000 words, and its theme this month is forgive and forget.