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Editorial

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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Mother’s Day Issue

To honor brave and loving women everywhere who, through their love and nurturing of children — their own or others — have earned the privilege of calling themselves mothers, we present our special Mother’s Day issue. Ambrose Bierce, one of our favorite Classic Flash Authors, once gave this definition: “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child […]

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Viewpoint

We at Flash Fiction Online wish to express our condolences to the family of Ray Bradbury who passed away June 5th. He was a true master of the written word. In this issue: Viewpoint. What we see and how we see are seldom the same thing. It’s the glass-half-empty-or-half-full idea. Even a small change in […]

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Robots, Rosebuds, and Resurrection

I grew up in the Styx generation, cruising the streets of Salt Lake City with “Domo Arigato, Mr. Robato” blasting from the cheap factory speakers of my friend’s vomit-green Chevy Nova. So when the opportunity arose to publish a good robot story, I was in. How could it get any better? But it did. Rogue […]

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How Did I Get Here, September?

Why is it that the end of summer is the busiest time of the year? For our ancestors it was because the harvest needed bringing in and storing away. For us, here in the north anyway, I suppose August to September is a time of transitions — a change of season, the start of a […]

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