I founded Flash Fiction Online in December of 2007. Flash fiction itself was just gaining steam, and it looked like there was an opportunity for a professional market dedicated to flash. I’m happy that we — me, yes, but alongside a team of volunteers who rallied around the concept — created that market and kept it going for five-plus years.
About two years ago — has it been two years yet? It’s pretty much impossible for me to tell — I passed editorial leadership to Suzanne Vincent, a talented author and judge of stories. She will continue in the Editor-in-Chief role. I’m now also handing off the publisher / CFO role to Anna Yeats. If I already owe you money (believe me, I know it’s possible), contact me; for anything else, contact Suzanne or Anna. 🙂 From this point forward, anything I do with FFO will have the title “emeritus” attached to it. And for all that I love flash fiction, that’s a relief.
I’d like to thank the volunteers on the Flash Fiction Online staff, past and present, who have done so much to keep the magazine moving forward. I literally can’t thank them enough. They do the work for the love of literature, and to make wonderful things happen. I trust that they, Anna, and Suzanne will continue to bring you flashes of beauty and insight.
I appreciate the work you've done - and the nice surprise you gave when one of my texts was accepted. I'll continue to read the emails and contributors short-short fictions - and best wishes for the future.
I am relatively new to FFO as well as flash fiction itself. About a year ago, and much to my surprise, I found I had an affinity for writing flash fiction. I've always enjoyed reading it, way back in the day when it was called short short stories, and was looked upon as the short story's somewhat weird stepchild.
People like Jake have given the flash fiction story a chance to become more acceptable and more widely read. Thanks, Jake, you and your volunteers have helped increase the richness of English language fiction.
Thank you all -- you're in good hands. Editorial isn't changing much, if at all, with Suzanne Vincent in place, and I trust Anna Yeatts and the rest of the team with the publishing.
Thanks for persisting in pushing the envelope. I have written flash fiction for 30 years just to amuse myself. I had never thought there was a market because I hadn't seen it published. Lo and behold, it now has a name and a place! That somehow makes it more real and legit. Thank you!