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Winds of Change

John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Here at Flash Fiction Online, we’re ready for change and looking to the future in a fundamental way.

Effective 1 January 2021, I will be stepping down as editor-in-chief.  It’s been a long run, and I’m ready to move on to other things.

After a months-long process, Anna Yeatts, our publisher, and I have chosen a worthy replacement.

I’d like to introduce you to Wendy Nikel.

Wendy and I have known each other for several years.  She worked at Flash Fiction Online as a slush reader, then a managing editor, where she distinguished herself as a level head, a keen editor, and a skilled author.  Lucky for me, Wendy lives only 20 minutes from me, and we’ve had the opportunity to meet face-to-face (before Covid) a number of times.  We’ve even attended and taught at local writing cons together.

I respect her as an author (I mean, if you’ve ONLY read the stories she’s published at FFO, you’ll be blown away), as a mom, as a person, as an editor.   I am also privileged to call her a friend.

She’s going to take FFO and run with it.  I expect she’ll make me look like a decrepit old dinosaur, which, in some ways, I am.

Check out her many published short stories, and her Place in Time book series on her website:

And, if you want a visual, her author page at Flash Fiction Online:

Wendy is younger and considerably more tech-savvy than I am and is already making plans to help FFO surge forward into 2021 and beyond.  I look forward to seeing what she’ll do with the magazine.

My thanks to the many authors, editors, and readers who have made my time with Flash Fiction Online possible.  You’re amazing!


Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.


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