Cover Letters 102

  A few days ago Anna posted a blog about Cover Letters 101. So if you haven’t read that go there now… http://flashfictiononline.com/flashblog/2014/03/cover-letters-101.html  Done? Okay. Now I guess we’ll have to call this one Cover Letters 102.  It’s basically a rant, but a good intentioned rant I assure you. I’ll start by treading on some […]

Cover Letters 101

Or…”Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot Before You’ve Even Gotten Started” So I have a small confession to make:  we here at FFO have a Wall of Shame.  Yep.  Sure do.  And on it are the cover letters  (names redacted… we’re not *that* heartless) that make us weep, pull our hair out, or basically snort […]

The Hollywood Formula – How to Write Flash Fiction With Style!

Nancy DiMauro, FFO staff, blogger, and writer, breaks down the infamous Hollywood Formula: Flash Fiction style. I have a confession to make. I’m not a natural short story writer. I have to fight to keep myself from haring off after one plot thread or another. Writing short fiction is hard. So, I look for anything […]

A Peek Behind the Editorial Curtain — The Winnowing Boards

So your beautiful little story has survived slush! Hurray, right? You’ve officially passed a major milestone. The vast majority of submissions never make it any further than the slush round, and here your story is, scooped out and passed along to the second round we call the Winnowing Boards. Now, only a couple dozen stories […]

Confessions of a Slush Reader — The Big Ten to a Rejection Letter

Today’s list is compiled by Nancy DiMauro, Flash Fiction Online staffer and slush reader extraordinaire. In an average month, my FFO team will have about 80 stories to review. Only stories with two votes for publication are guaranteed to move into the next round. A story can still be sent on if someone likes it […]

A Peek Behind the Editorial Curtain

So now that you’ve submitted your story, what happens next? Other than shaking in your sneakers at the idea of fearsome fanged slush readers ripping it apart even as you read this. Your manuscript has been whisked away into our submissions software and is headed toward potential storydom. ….I have an odd compulsion to sing […]

Confessions of a Slush Reader — Thoughts from the Slush Pile

Today’s confessions come from the slush pile wisdom of Nancy DiMauro, FFO staffer and slush queen. If you write, and submit those stories, you dread the slush pile. It’s an inevitable part of the process. The way you get out of the slush and into print is to impress someone like me. Someone who has volunteered […]

Confessions of a Slush Reader

So you want to be a writer. That’s fantastic.  I love writers. Writers are some of my favorite people.  They’re brilliant and quirky and often tend to daydream (which is why they tend to thrive in their own internal worlds). You have the passion.  You even have a manuscript you know will revolutionize the world. […]

Changing of the Guard

By Jake Freivald 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 — […]