We just made some changes to what we will publish. Quoting from the new guidelines page:
As of 3/25/2008, we are no longer accepting submissions for stories of fewer than 500 words. All submissions must be between 500 and 1,100 words. (Stories of greater than 1000 words, if accepted, will be edited to 1,000 words.)
Stories submitted before 3/25/2008 will be reviewed for possible inclusion even if they are smaller. We had originally said that we favored the high end of the flash range, and that continues, but we still may accept smaller stories for the May and June 2008 issues.
Also as of 3/25/2008, we will be paying a flat $50 for all stories. Since the stories we publish will range from 500-1,000 words, this implies a per-word rate of five to ten cents.
The new payment terms will be retroactive for our earlier authors. It might take me a while to get the back payments out to everyone, but it won’t be any later than December 2008.
Two items of note for this evening:
1. Futurismic was kind enough to note our March issue in their “Friday Free Fiction” section. Thanks for the link, folks, and back at you.
2. The Anonymous Reader just posted a review of this issue as well. Thanks again, AR!
Finally, this blog post will only be at the top of the list for a short time — I’m about to release our St. Patrick’s Day special!
When I first launched Flash Fiction Online, I tried to put up a Wikipedia entry that described what I was trying to do. It got deleted as blatant advertising, even though I thought it was pretty objective about…well, about the site’s objectives.
I’ve tried again, and it’s been up for about a day with no complaints. Maybe this time it’ll stick.
Here’s the link to the Wikipedia entry for Flash Fiction Online. I’m wide open to adding things that people think would be good to add — in fact, given the way Wikipedia works, you can add it yourself!
I’ve had some weird technical issues for the past few days, but I hope we’re over the worst of them.
One thing that has taken a back seat is the creation of PDFs. If you like the PDF versions, check back on the blog every once in a while and I’ll announce when they’re up.
Another problem has been the forum: my connectivity has been intermittent enough that I haven’t filled out all of the story topics or created the polls. Hopefully I’ll have that fixed shortly, too. Either way, you should still be able to use them.
Meanwhile, the stories are there, along with a great interview with Eric Garcia. Check it out.