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Editorial

Short Changed

I enjoyed the sense of change that I got out of this month’s short stories. They capture a lot about change in a very short space. In Camille Alexa’s slipstream piece “Girl-Shaped Jar,” a woman who needs to change makes a decision to do so and follows through on it. Her choice of changes is […]

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Tea Party Rules – The Story Contract

This is the fifth column in Bruce Holland Rogers’s new writing series, Technically Speaking. For more of his columns, visit his author page. In the previous column I said that fiction is a special variety of lie because it is collaborative. The reader participates in making the lie into a simulated truth and responds to […]

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Say Hello To….

The very first Flash Fiction Online Anthology! It’s been a long time coming (seven years and more than 150 stories)  but we’re proud to announce the publication of this little beauty: Flash Fiction Online, under the direction of publisher Anna Yeatts and Editor in Chief Suzanne W. Vincent, is proud to offer you—the frenetic 21st […]

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True Love

You know what I love? I love me a memorable character. Let me qualify that. I love me a memorable character that leaves me wanting to step into the story and walk away with him.  Or a character I wish could hear me as I warn her about the danger she’s about to step into.  […]

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Motivations and Choices

Flash fiction requires, perhaps more than any other form of writing besides poetry, a deep understanding of human nature and motivations. In only a few dozen-to-thousand words, the reader has to immediately understand what the characters want, why they want it, and why they think they can get it with the choices they make. Each […]

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Halloween and Regrouping

This Halloween season, we have two eerie new stories and a Classic Flash. “All Mimsy” is the first work of fiction published by Kelly Wright. I read it four times the first time I sat down to it, because everything is a-kilter: The narration is odd, the personalities are odd, the world we’re taken to […]

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A Fresh Start

Welcome to January! New year, new staff. Welcome to Lucy Davidson, Sheena Boekweg, Lydia Ondrusek, and Alexandra Dey. This month we’re welcoming back Tom Crosshill with a finely balanced tale of the ridiculous taken seriously — “To Fly a Pig in the Dorseny Sky.” And from Jennifer Linnaea, a beautiful fantasy story of compassion and […]

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In This Issue

Ah, Love. As philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.” So, for this month of love, we bring you something of the madness and the reason of love. First, we’re honored to be home to author Zach Shephard’s first published story, […]

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In This Issue

We love finding new authors. Our first story this month, a fantasy called Seed, is the first professional publication of N.V. Binder — and it’s worth reading. We love stories that show a sense of humor. Our second story this month, The Pony Spell by Garry McNulty, definitely shows a sense of humor — with […]

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In This Issue

We have two excellent stories this month by published (and oft-published!) writers: Beth Cato offers a light fantasy about “213 Myrtle Street,” and Bruce Holland Rogers offers his story of “How We Met.” They’re both relationship stories, in their ways. And yes, you noticed that Bruce Holland Rogers has returned to our pages. After an […]

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