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And We’re Live!

Flash-Fiction-Online-2014-Anthology-KindleWow. Talk about a labor of love. There were moments when trying to get the first EVER Flash Fiction Online Anthology up and running reminded me of labor (yes, I have two wildling children so I know what I’m talking about here.).

But it’s done. It’s here. WE’RE LIVE!

The first ever Flash Fiction Online Anthology is available now from your friendly mega-million bookstore Amazon.com (Kindle users) and the local guy on the corner, WeightlessBooks.com (epub, mobi, PDF). And did I mention it’s only $3.99? For an entire year’s worth of fiction by some of the top authors in the business, that’s a steal.

Never spend another coffee break staring at the leftover muffin crumbs hiding at the back of your desk. No more train rides trying not to make eye contact and picking at your thumbnail. No more holding a paperback and trying to rock the baby one-armed (yes, I did that too).

Thirty six stories in a variety of genres from scifi/fantasy to surreal pigeons and choose-your-own adventure zombies.

So click here for Kindle.

Or here for everything else.

Go on. Do it.

Thanks. We appreciate you.

All my best,

Anna

Publisher, Flash Fiction Online

 

Diversity in Fiction aka Vanilla Slush

I’ve been reading a lot of slush this past month.  Mountains of it, really.  So much slush that I have imprints of the little yes/no/maybe buttons burned indelibly into the inside of my eyelids so I can see them staring back at me even in my sleep.

That’s a whole lot of slush.

But the biggest problem for a slush reader is that so very much of it is the same.  Well not really.  The setting changes a bit.  This one is set in a car.  That one is on a far away planet.  There’s a cute setup about a mystical creature under a bed.  But more times than not they all come back to the same thing.

Vanilla slush.

A white, middle class, educated protagonist.  Heterosexual.  Generally male.  Sometimes we get an educated, middle class, heterosexual white female.  Usually she’s fairly angst-ridden and she’s looking for love.  Or she’s bitter about love.  Or she has a cat.

We get an awful lot of cat stories.  You submitters sure do love your cats.   And I’m glad you love your cats…. *sigh*  But that’s beside the point.

So I’m challenging you to throw some other flavors into the slush.  Send us some rocky road.  Some pistachio chip with sprinkles.  Avocado with bacon chips and a dash of honey drizzle on top.

The world’s too big and diverse and wonderful.  Not that vanilla isn’t wonderful.  I’m about as vanilla as they come.  But vanilla is so much tastier with a zesty side of Latin   transgender astronaut.   Or a QUILTBAG family battling to stay together after the alien apocalypse.

Send us every age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and creed you’ve got.  Send characters with disabilities and physical limitations that make us reexamine our stereotypical expectations.  To the LGBTQ community, Flash Fiction Online is your ally in a search for equality.  This is an open invitation.  We don’t publish erotica or gore.  But we do love characters and story plots that push the boundaries and make us think.

Now, a caution.  You can send the best flavor ever conceived, but if it’s not well written as a story, it’s still not getting through slush.  If it’s dripping all over the sides of the cone and puddling on my good shoes, that literary Harlem deliciousness isn’t getting a yes.  Craftsmanship is everything.  Hone your skills.  Make your characters sing.  Because slush needs them.

Flash Fiction Online needs them.

Now go write!

Much love,

Anna Yeatts, Publisher, FFO
annayeatts.com

Flash Fiction Online in the News

Worlds Beyond (“News and reviews for the geek in all of us”) liked the current FFO issue’s subversive  Zombie Walk, linking to it on their Flash Friday page.

Sam Tomaino at SFRevu has reviewed Flash Fiction Online’s October 2012 issue, which has two original and one classic flash stories, including:

  • Zombie March Tension by Brynn MacNabb,
  • Mid-Autumn Moon by Lani Carroll, and
  • Classic Flash: A Fratricide by Franz Kafka

Speaking of Mid-Autumn Moon, Sam said, “A wonderfully quirky tale.”

See Sam’s other short fiction reviews here.

 

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.

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.

Computer Rebuild = Delayed Publication

My computer had to be completely reinstalled. I have all of my data, but as a result of the rebuild I’m going to take a few extra days to publish the magazine for September.

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

Sluggish Responses

I’m never the fastest guy in the world, but I’m a little worse than usual right now. We just had a baby last Tuesday, and the last few weeks have been slower than usual. I beg your patience.

Thanks,
Jake

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!

Going Live Tomorrow

We go live on the first Tuesday or Thursday of every month, so you’ll see stories updated sometime tomorrow, February 3, 2009. New stories by Jay Lake, Robert Borski, and Tony Rogers, along with Bruce Holland Rogers’s column and a classic from Punch.

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