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Give Bruce Holland Rogers a Kickstart

Bruce Holland Rogers is well known to FFO fans; he wrote a monthly flash fiction column, published by Flash Fiction Online, for a couple of years. Among his writing awards are a Pushcart, two Nebulas, Bram Stoker and others. He’s one of a few to try to make a living of short fiction.

Now he’s starting a short-short (flash) publishing project via KickStarter. If you aren’t familiar with, it’s just cool, is what it is. It is a crowd funding group that favors creative projects, including all the arts, technology and others. The ‘crowd’ is a growing group of people who chip in a little bit or a lot for some project that appeals to them, just to be part of something cool. There are small, non-equity rewards, but that’s not the point.

Take a look at Bruce Holland Rogers’ 49: a square of stories for hip people. Don’t be left behind; he’s almost halfway home.

FFO Alumnus Stefanie Freele Publishes Short Story Collection

Stefanie Freele published two flash stories here (1 2) at Flash Fiction Online. We’re glad to note that she’s recently published a short story collection, Surrounded by Water, with Press 53. Stories in this collection received much note: first and second places in Glimmer Train fiction contests, a 2010 Million Writers Notable Story Award,  an Editor’s Pick in the Mid-American Review Fineline Competition, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. (See more details at the publisher’s site.)

You may view the’s page for Stefanie’s collection here.

Congratulations, Stefanie.

FFO Staff Publications

I presume that many writers like to see magazine editors and slush pile readers out there trying to publish, too. It’s both a humbling and educational experience. So here are recent publications of the FFO staffers I’ve heard from so far. I’ve got no problem putting mine at the top of the list:

William Highsmith, “Journey to the Center of the Flat Earth,” Flurb, A Webzine of Astonishing Tales, issue #13, published in March 2012 by the notable Rudy Rucker.

Nancy Green:

  • Women Writing the Weird, anthology by Doghorn Publishing (edited by on-hiatus FFO staffer Deb Hoag).
  • Paths Less Travelled, a short story collection, pub. by Musa Publishing, May 11, 2012.
  • Shots at Redemption, a short story collection, pub. by Musa Publishing, June 1, 2012

Karen T. Smith has various publishing efforts in play.

Patrick Dey (now on hiatus…we hope), AI Robot, Flash Fiction Online, Jan. 2012.


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.

SFRevu’s Review of FFO, Jan. 2012 Issue

Sam Tomaino at SFRevu has reviewed Flash Fiction Online‘s January 2012 issue. Thanks, Sam. The Jan. 2012 issue had three new flash stories, including:

  • Sea Ink by Jennifer Linnaea,
  • To Fly a Pig in the Dorseny Sky by Tom Crosshill, and
  • AI Robot by Patrick Dey.

Sam also review other short fiction publications, Including Asimov’s and Analog, here.

Tom Crosshill is a veteran at FFO with these earlier stories: Sandra Plays for Cast-Iron and The Zombie of His Early Days.

Enjoy the new issue and let your friends know about it.


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