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Changing of the Guard

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 — created that market and kept it going for five-plus years.

About two years ago — has it been two years yet? It’s pretty much impossible for me to tell — I passed editorial leadership to Suzanne Vincent, a talented author and judge of stories. She will continue in the Editor-in-Chief role. I’m now also handing off the publisher / CFO role to Anna Yeats. If I already owe you money (believe me, I know it’s possible), contact me; for anything else, contact Suzanne or Anna. 🙂 From this point forward, anything I do with FFO will have the title “emeritus” attached to it. And for all that I love flash fiction, that’s a relief.

I’d like to thank the volunteers on the Flash Fiction Online staff, past and present, who have done so much to keep the magazine moving forward. I literally can’t thank them enough. They do the work for the love of literature, and to make wonderful things happen. I trust that they, Anna, and Suzanne will continue to bring you flashes of beauty and insight.

In This Issue: An August Occasion

That July issue? Yeah, I meant August. But with this issue, we move from a mid-monthly schedule back to a first-of-the-month schedule, which seems to suit readers and publishers somewhat better than our previous pattern.

We’ve tried to make sure it was worth the wait, though. We have some great stories lined up for you, including “Rumplestiltskin in Love,” a chilling fantasy by K.C. Norton; “Fifty-Year-Old Face,” a compelling literary story by Kurt Newton; and “Beyond Long Radio“, a science fiction piece by Andy Dudak. I won’t spoil them for you by talking too much, but I enjoyed them all for their thoughtful, almost pensive, look at love and life choices in radically different situations. Please talk about them in the comments for each — not just because we care about your comments, but also because comments are even more valuable than money to most artists such as these authors.

Our Classic Flash this month is by Ambrose Bierce. I don’t really know whether or not it is a work of fiction, and it has the effect of a prose poem on me, but it has, somehow, the essence of character and plot, and it’s too excellent not to publish. It’s called “A Bivouac of the Dead.”

Comment, post, tweet, and most importantly, enjoy.


Happy Mothers Day!

Here are a few May trifles for Mothers Day: “Bringing Jamie Home” by Margaret Frey, a literary piece; “Dear Sunshine” by Michelle Denham, a fantasy; and a Classic Flash from Punch. For the Classic, we had some difficulties finding a good story specifically about mothers, so we gave you the next best thing — the perfect husband. Enjoy!

In This Issue: March 2013

There’s something about March in the northern hemisphere.  Something bleak, something hopeful, something decidedly cold and warm, wet and dry, all at once.

To give a fictional face to that contradiction, I’ve chosen Dave Tallerman’s “For Life,” a tale of a man coping with grief and a grieving father, and Alisa Alering’s “Keith Crust’s Lucky Number,” a quirky story in which a numbers-obsessed guitarist finds more than he bargained for at the local pawn shop.

For our Classic Flash, we reach back to Alice Dunbar-Nelson for a lovely melodramatic bit of Victoriana called “Violets.”

Might be appropriate for Spring/Easter, though it is somewhat gloomy.

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Suzanne Vincent


Better Late Than Never

Who knew stories so short could take so long?

Jake here. After a hard drive crash, data loss, failed installations of a few content management systems, and a generally rotten few months, we have to get publishing again, even if we go a little, ahem, minimalist.

We have two new little gems for you: “The Birthday” by Mike McCormick, and “Beholder” by Sarah Grey. You can call the former Urban Fantasy if you like; the latter is all-too-near-future science fiction. There’s a Classic Flash by the impish Saki, too: “A Young Turkish Catastrophe in Two Scenes”.

If you like what you read, please leave a comment (they’re the next-best-thing to money for an author) and let your networks know. Enjoy!

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