“The Birthday” by Mike McCormick

Dad was carrying a tray of grilled hot dogs across the fresh-cut grass when his knees stiffened and black smoke spewed from his nose. His shoulders lurched forward and his chin swung down and clanged against his chest as more and more black smoke billowed from his open mouth. There was a loud bang and […]

“A Young Turkish Catastrophe in Two Scenes” by Saki

The Minister for Fine Arts (to whose Department had been lately added the new sub-section of Electoral Engineering) paid a business visit to the Grand Vizier. According to Eastern etiquette they discoursed for a while on indifferent subjects. The minister only checked himself in time from making a passing reference to the Marathon Race, remembering […]

Self-Publishing Super Hero–William Blake

Venerable poet William Blake, author of sometimes mysterious and sometimes brilliantly simple works, was a self-publishing super hero who might serve as an inspiration to would-be self-publishers. He’s perhaps best known for his illuminated “Songs of Innocence” (example plate below) and “Songs of Experience.” He had a soup-to-nuts approach to publishing, illustrated by the unpoetic […]

Odyssey Writing Workshop–Summer 2013

Barbara Barnett-Stewart, Flash Fiction Online alumnus and Odyssey publicist, announced the Odyssey Writing Workshop’s summer 2013 session. According to their press release: Since its founding in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most respected workshops in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror writing community. ¬†Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication […]

Publications by FFO Staff

The Flash Fiction Online editorial staff members are generally writers, too. Occasionally FFO lets them beat their own drums, and so they will–without a hint of embarrassment. As this information rolls in for the 2012 publishing season from the editors and slush pile readers, I’ll update this post. Here is the present information, including publications […]