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SFRevu of Flash Fiction Online Feb. Issue

Sam Tomaino at SFRevu has reviewed Flash Fiction Online’s February 2012 issue. Thanks, Sam. The Feb. 2012 issue had three new flash stories, including:

  • Surface Tension by KJ Kabza,
  • Lovestruck by Zach Shephard, and
  • Classic Flash: Man May Love by Robert Sharp

Speaking of Surface Tension, Sam said, “A very good, subtly written tale.”.

See Sam’s other short fiction reviews here.

Six Questions For…Editors and Slush Readers

Author and blogger Jim Harrington has been asking editors and slush pile readers to “list, in excruciating details, all that each desires in his/her stories.” Good idea. He poses this request in the form of six question and–not unreasonably–gathers his continuing responses at the Six Question For… blog.

Jim has posted a response from FFO slush pile reader Pat Dey. (Authors: if you get one past Pat, you’ve done well.) Here is Six Questions for Pat Dey, Slushreader, Flash Fiction Online, and here is the general link to the Six Questions For blog, “where editors and publishers discuss writing flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and novels.”

Congratulations to FFO Alumnus KJ Kabza

KJ Kabza has been busy lately. Not just busy, but productively busy. He has a story in the current issue of Flash Fiction Online, entitled Surface Tension. He also has a novelette in the March/April issue of the The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, entitled “Gnarly Times at Nana’ite Beach.” As of the time of this post, F&S still has information on its online site for the Jan./Feb. issue. However, the March/April print edition is now arriving at mailboxes, according to FFO editor Suzanne Vincent.

FFO sends a hardy congratulations to KJ.

Tolkien’s Prose Poor?

CS Lewis would disagree, but–as reported by the Guardian–the Nobel Prize committee declined LOTR for its “second-rate prose.” (Cough.)

And don’t miss a slightly shorter work, the Jan. 2012 Flash Fiction Online edition following its reboot efforts.

Facebook Lament

Writers are an emotional lot and for the most part live on Facebook. I propose, therefore, this slightly altered song as the official Facebook lament, based on “Release Me,” by songwriter Eddie Miller, whose song was covered by many.

UnFriend Me

Please unfriend me, let me go,
For I don’t like you anymore.
To waste our tags would be a sin;
Unfriend me and let me like again.

I have found a new friend dear.
LOL I want her near.
Her pokes are warm while yours are cold;
Unfriend me my darling, let me go.

Please unfriend me, can’t let you see?
You’d be a fool to status me.
To live a lie would bring us pain,
So unfriend me and let me like again.


Libel Tourism Law

This Publishers Weekly article reports President Obama’s signing of a libel tourism law. Libel tourism is the practice of shopping around the world courts for those that are more friendly to libel cases. So, instead of suing an American author in an American court, in the example given in the article, you’d sue them in a British court, which in the anecdotal case had remarkable results.

The premise of the new law is that such practices are a way to work around American authors’ first amendment rights, since those rights are of no particular concern to foreign courts. I presume that this may benefit print and  online publishers as well.

As a side note, shopping for courts is nothing new. It’s been long felt, for example, that certain federal district courts were hostile to patents. In local criminal cases, an accused may face a notoriously stern or lenient judge, depending on the luck of the draw. These examples, at least, occur under the same legal framework, unlike shopping for international courts.

Reprint of Ripley Patton’s “Traveling By Petroglyph”

Ripley Patton’s “Traveling By Petroglyph”, originally published in our October 2008 issue, has been picked up as a reprint in Flash Me magazine. Congratulations, Rip!

Editorial Calendar Through November

Here’s the editorial calendar for the next few months. This doesn’t include Bruce Holland Rogers’ contributions or the Classic Flashes. I publish on the first Tuesday or Thursday of the month, whichever comes first.

August: Going live on 8/4
* There Are No Great Truths Here — Danielle Friedman
* Purpose — R.W. Ware
* A Taste For Life — Patrick Freivald

September: Going live on 9/1
* Suddenly Speaking — Ray Vukcevich
* Doofus — Mark Patrick Morehead
* How High the Moon — Patrick Lundrigan

October: Going live on 10/1
* Eating It Too — Kristine Kathryn Rusch
* Death Babies — S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.
* The Door — Damon Shaw

November: Going live on 11/3
* My Superpower — Leslie A. Dow
* A Delivery of Cheesesteaks — Alan Grayce
* Irma Splinkbottom’s Recipe for Cold Fusion — Janene Reichert Murphy

Publication Questions

I just responded to an email that I thought I’d reprint here:

> Do you publish authors who have not yet been published?

Yes, often. The competition is fierce, though.

> How do I copyright my story?

By current US law, you own copyright the moment you write your piece. When I publish it, I do so with a copyright statement at the end. I don’t actually “register” the copyright, but I’m obliged to take all reasonable steps in the event of a copyright violation.

> How many stories can I submit at one time?

I don’t have a formal limit, but you don’t do yourself any favors by submitting more than three at once.

> How long does a story you publish stay online?

Indefinitely. My contract also says that I get First Electronic Rights (i.e., this is not a reprint, and I’ll be the first to publish it) AND a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the story in an anthology. “Non-exclusive” means that you can submit your story to other markets as a reprint *after* I publish it, and you can have it in other anthologies if they’ll accept it, as long as everyone knows that I can publish it in my anthology as well. I will pay my authors royalties based on their word-count contribution to the overall word count of the anthology.

This latter information is all on our submissions page.

Line-up for March

It occurs to me that I haven’t announced our line-up yet, so here it is. It’s a music issue:

“Addiction” by Ariella Adler, a fantasy — though more about the aftereffects of the fantastic than the fantastic itself. The music in this case is that of the sidhe.

“Gustav’s Mars” by Emily Leverett, a science fiction story. It’s about music and martians, but really about something more mundane when all’s said and done. And yes, the narrator starts off dead.

“Trumpet Volunteer” by Oscar Windsor-Smith, a literary story? A fantasy? I guess it depends on your perspective. It’s an odd one for me, but I like it and I hope you will, too.

We publish on the first Tuesday or Thursday of the month, so I’ll see you sometime on March 3rd!

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