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Editorial

Extraordinary Possibilities

Actress Kandyse McClure, best known for her portrayal of Anastasia Dualla in the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica series, once said: “I’ve always loved the power of stories to transport me to another world, to imagine extraordinary possibilities, to experience things I may not have access to in my regular life…” With this month’s issue we […]

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Birds Not of a Feather

This week I saw a robin in my yard. That means something in the western United States. It means spring is definitely coming despite all the doubt that harsh January and February snows brought with them. Soon to follow that robin were woodpeckers and magpies and seagulls and others, a new and welcome cacophony of […]

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St. Valentine

During the month of February, dreamy-eyed girls often dot their I’s with little hearts, flower shops are overrun with frantic husbands, chocolates come in heart-shaped boxes, romance is everywhere, we hope, for everyone who wants it.  All thanks to St. Valentine who, I suspect, would not have recognized the day that bears his name. But […]

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Just What January Needs

January is not my favorite month.  I suppose if I lived in Australia or Brazil I’d feel differently.  But I don’t.  I live in the northern hemisphere, where January is cold, dry, and dreary. You would think the perfect solution would be to publish a string of lovely, uplifting stories, the kind that makes the […]

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December Line-up

The Christian Christmas, the Buddhist Bodhi Day, the Jewish Hanukkah, the Hopi Soyal, the Pan-African Kwanzaa, the Hindu Pancha Ganapati, the Saxon Mōdranihit, the Vainakh Malkh Festival, the Iranian Yalda, the East Asian Dōngzhi Festival. In nearly every corner of the globe, someone is celebrating something during the month of December. For your holiday enjoyment, […]

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Affairs of the Heart

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” The heart is an odd thing.  Despite its physical durability it can be shattered by a mere word.  Despite its practical usefulness it can leave us flustered and vulnerable in […]

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A New Perspective

I am excited to begin this journey as publisher of Flash Fiction Online.  I truly believe stories give us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the human condition.  Flash Fiction Online will always support authors, artists, and readers from all walks of life. We’re here to learn from one another through well written stories […]

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Changing of the Guard

Jake here.

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. […]

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In This Issue: An August Occasion

That July issue? Yeah, I meant August. But with this issue, we move from a mid-monthly schedule back to a first-of-the-month schedule, which seems to suit readers and publishers somewhat better than our previous pattern. We’ve tried to make sure it was worth the wait, though. We have some great stories lined up for you, […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Here are a few May trifles for Mothers Day: “Bringing Jamie Home” by Margaret Frey, a literary piece; “Dear Sunshine” by Michelle Denham, a fantasy; and a Classic Flash from Punch. For the Classic, we had some difficulties finding a good story specifically about mothers, so we gave you the next best thing — the perfect husband. […]

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