The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 6 Number 16

September 20, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 25 stories in the Collector this week with 2 debuts. Please welcome Amanda Linehan and Lucius Moreau to the community.

The Halloween Humor and Horror submission form is now live at Submittable. You may now officially enter your story for the #HHH contest. Just click on the sidebar button Cartoon Frankenstien to be magically whisked away to it. When there, please read the submission guidelines as a few of them may have changed or have been clarified.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 15/16

September 16, 2014 in Book Launch, Community News, Contests, News Flash by JM Strother

NewsFlash

David W. Robinson has an online launch party set to kick off on Saturday, September 27th for his newest release “A Killing In the Family,” published by Crooked Cat Publishing. You can join in the Facebook fun here. Congratulations on the new release, David.

Adam Byatt has a featured post at The Good Men Project website, titled “Why I Write.” Drop in and say “hey,” and share your thoughts with him.

Natalie Bowers’ blog, Story Scavenger, has a nice review of Dan Powell’s short fiction collection “Looking Out Of Broken Windows.” He says it’s “The sort of review all authors hope for.” The post also includes a link to another of his works, “Song of the Graffiti Head,” previously published on the UK flash fiction site, 1000 Words. Go read the nice things she says about Dan, and leave a few nice things for him yourself.

Thanks to some help from my friends, Susan Chambless on coding and Angie Capozello on graphics, the The Halloween Humor and Horror submission form is now live at Submittable. You may now officially enter your story for the #HHH contest. Just click on the sidebar button to be magically whisked away to it. When there, please read the submission guidelines as a few of them may have changed or have been clarified. Compliments on Angie’s graphic, which comes in two sizes for your blogging convenience. Isn’t it adorable? Feel free to add it to your posts, or as a badge on your blog. Thanks, Angie and Susan!

Cartoon FrankenstienCartoon Frankenstein.

Keep doing great things, folks.

~jon

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 6 Number 15

September 13, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 20 stories in the Collector this week with no debuts.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 6 Number 14

September 6, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 24 stories in the Collector this week with 1 debut. Please welcome Chris Van Der Merwe to the community.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 14

September 2, 2014 in Book Launch, Celebration, Community News, News Flash by JM Strother

NewsFlash

Over the Edge, Galway City’s literary events organization, announced the long list for their New Writer of the Year – 2014 literary award. We are pleased to say that Allison Wells has made the list. Congratulations, Allison! Well deserved, and best of luck going forward.

India Drummond announced the forthcoming release of her new novel, co-authored by KC May, Lies Dragons Tell – Book One of their new Dragons of Kudare series. Like their Facebook page to be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. The closing date for the contest is September 15th at 11:59pm PST. Congratulations to India and KC on their new release!

Shannon Esposito announced that she has signed a two-book deal with Severn House Publishing for a new pet mystery series, and has already started on the first one. Congratulations, Shannon, we are all very happy for you!

Congratulations, all!

~jon

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 6 Number 13

August 30, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 25 stories in the Collector this week with 1 debut. Please welcome Russell Bowman to the community.

FFDO founder JM Strother announces our Halloween Writing Contest in his post this week, Fall Is (Almost) In the Air. Click on over and give it a read (as soon as you’re done shopping for candy) and then post any questions or discussion in the comments.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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Fall Is (Almost) In the Air

August 28, 2014 in Contests, Halloween, Submission Guidelines, Writing Fun by JM Strother

A blow up Frankenstein monster in a back yard.As summer begins to wind down our thoughts turn to autumn, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the arrival of autumn can only mean one thing – Halloween draws near.

Now if you think I’m jumping the gun just visit any nearby drugstore (I believe called Chemists in some parts of the world) and take a look at the Candy and Seasonal aisles.

OK, I’ve just lost half of you as you run out to the nearest pharmacy, but for those of you remaining, I want to let you know about our upcoming Halloween Writing Contest – Halloween Humor and Horror.

Halloween Humor and Horror will be a bit different from our previous contests in that it will be judged anonymously, the winner will receive $50US, to be paid via PayPal, Amazon gift card, money order or cashier’s check; whichever the winner prefers. We picked $50 as the prize as it reflects the pro rate of 5 cents a word for a 1000 word story. The winning story does not have to be 1000 words long, but will be compensated as if it is. In addition, the winning story will be published right here on FFDO on Halloween, which conveniently falls on a Friday.

Here’s how the contest works:

  • The contest begins on September 5th and will run through October 10th. That should give the judge(s) a few weeks to read the stories before choosing a winner.
  • Write a new original story of 1000 words or less with a Halloween appropriate theme. Sorry, no retreads. The story can be horror, paranormal, slice of life, or even humor, as long as it deals with typical Halloween tropes such as monsters (including the human variety), the supernatural, trick-or-treating, or even Halloween parties. Just remember, you are trying to make the judge think, “Now that’s a great Halloween story.”
  • Polish the story as best you can – spelling and grammar will matter.
  • Post your story to your blog as a regular #FridayFlash.
  • Add your story to the Collector.
  • Share it via your favorite social media with both the #FridayFlash and #HHH tags.
  • Submit your story for the contest no later than October 11th, via Submittable, sans any identifying personal information. Stories with author’s names or blog titles will not be considered. Upload the stories as either plain text(.txt), open text (.odt), or MS Word (.doc) format. Do not upload MS Word (.docx) files as they can be very problematic. Use Save As and change to the older format. Microsoft .docx files will not be considered.
  • Do not use fancy fonts or colors. The text must be back. Moderate use of bold and italics is acceptable. Please don’t hurt our judge’s eyes.
  • Members of the FridayFlash.org staff, judges, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  • As always here at FFDO, there is no entry fee.
  • FFDO will be granted nonexclusive on-line rights and nonexclusive anthology rights, should we ever want to include the winning story in an anthology. That means you may place your winning story elsewhere, as long as it, too, has nonexclusive terms.

Please note, the Submittable site still needs to be set up, so you can’t enter your submission yet, but you can still post those stories. We will let you know when the submissions site is ready to go.

While you may only enter one story into the contest, you can write as many #HHH stories as you like in the run up to the deadline, post them on your blog, and enter them in the Collector. Just be sure to submit your best via Submittable on or before the deadline.

If you are interested in being a judge please let me know.

Have fun with this, folks. Happy Halloween. Now, pass the candy please.
~jon

NewsFlash – Vol. 6 #12/13

August 26, 2014 in Challenge, Contests, eBooks, Proofs by JM Strother

NewsFlash

We sort of missed last week’s News Flash, so this one should serve double duty and keep our issue numbers intact. Sorry for any confusion.

We found this via C. M. BrownParanormal Cravings has posted a Dangerous Hero(ine) Challenge to read 10 books in either Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy genres featuring a dangerous hero as either a main or supporting character. While it is a reading, not a writing event, we tought it sounded like fun. The challenge runs from August 1st 2014 to December 31st. Visit the Dangerous Hero Challenge sign up page for the rules. Thanks for the tip, Carolyn.

Mathew Williams announced that he has received the proof for his Sci-Fi anthology, Flash Forward. The anthology is a collection of 19 short Sci-Fi stories mostly dating from April of 2013. A few older and more recent stories are also included. The book will run at 140 pages, and around 51,000 words. You can read more of his news on his blog Stories by Williams here. We look forward to its release.

Estrella Azul forwarded several opportunities for writers from The Lascaux Review.

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry contest is presently open for submissions. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review. Poets may enter more than once, and as many as five poems may be submitted per entry. Note: There is a $10 entry fee. The deadline is September 23rd. Visit lascauxreview.com/contests for more information.

The Christine E. Eldin Memorial Fellowship is also an inaugural contest intended for unpublished middle-grade fiction writers. It opens on September 1st, and features a $1,000 prize. Again, there is a $10 submission fee. Christine E. Eldin Memorial Fellowship will open for submissions 1 September. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to an unpublished middle-grade fiction writer whose work-in-progress reveals potential for a successful writing career. Visit eldinfellowship.org for details and guidelines.

And the Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction opens October 1st. Worth note to members of Friday Flash, the stores may be previously published. They must not exceed 10,000 words. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review. Visit lascauxreview.com/contests for more information. The deadline is December 31st.

Debra Easterling is thrilled to announced the release of her latest ebook, “MOSHE’S WAR.” She gives us this brief synopsis:

The novel is about a Nazi hunter, 22 years after WWII, who is called out of retirement to hunt for the Demon of the Belzec Concentration Camp, whom they believe may be killing again. Ilsa, Moshe’s new landlady, is inexplicably drawn to the hunter, although she hides a secret that her German step-brother was once a Nazi guard. Fearing Moshe will soon be after her brother, she must now choose between protecting him or surrender him to the man she loves. As her brother hitchhikes across the country to return home, she’s unable to warn him. Every mile he travels, brings him closer to a man who could destroy him. As Ilsa and Moshe struggle with their faith and their attraction to each other, Moshe’s true prey, Horst Bress, a vile, freak of a prison guard, has decided to turn the tables on the famed Nazi hunter, and anyone close to him is fair game.

Cover of Moshe's War

Sounds exciting. It is now available via Amazon. Best of luck with the release, Debra. And, I might add, that’s a very nice cover.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on Thursday to read about our upcoming Halloween Contest. 

Congratulations to Debra and Mathew, and good luck to anyone entering the contests or participating in the challenge.

~jon

The #FridayFlash Report – Vol 6 Number 12

August 23, 2014 in FridayFlash Report by Tim VanSant

We had 28 stories in the Collector this week with no debuts.

Guest author Marc Nash deconstructs genre choices in What Is Experimental Flash? in our Thursday Writing series this week. Click on over and give it a read and then experiment with your thoughts in the comments.

FridayFlash.org is looking for a new News Editor for The News Hound. As previously announced our long-time News Editor, Angie Capozello, is stepping down in order to devote more time to other things. If you are interested please contact our founder, Jon Strother, at jmstro@gmail.com.

It’s easier than ever to share your writing good news in our weekly News Flash with the form on our News Hound page.

As always, if your story is not in the listing below please go to the Collector and add the details. It will be in next week’s report. ~Tim

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What Is Experimental Flash? by Marc Nash

August 21, 2014 in Guest post, Thursday Writing by Marc Nash

unspooled tape with words on itSo you’ve written your weekly flash story and go to the collector to post it. The title looks good, the link is a cut and paste job from your blog, your name, well your name is your name (unless like mine it’s actually your nom de plume) and thanks to your writing programme’s word count function even the length is pretty incontestable. So far so easy right? But then we get to the drop down menu for Genre’. It’s now the trouble begins…

I don’t write genre. Even when I might use a trope like the werewolf, what I do with it has nothing to do with long established werewolf literary tradition (I wrote a gruesome six line story about the physical symptoms of Lupus and transliterating it across to the supposed signs and powers of the werewolf). So that rules most of the possible options out at a stroke.

Next under consideration might very well be slice of life, since producing a story every week usually entails I’m taking something I’ve seen or experienced from real life, so that might fit… Only, where I take it has little to do with reportage or realism. Rather it starts as a metaphor, such as when I stepped off a bus and saw an abandoned lady’s flat shoe and ended up with a non-linear story that involved a pile of holocaust inmates’ shoes on display at Auschwitz and the Arab journalist who threw his shoe at a visiting US President. So slice of life didn’t make the cut either.

Marc Nash Reading

Marc Nash Reading

See the shoe became a metaphor for many things in that story and that’s what I tend to do in my flash. I take a central image or idea and then I turn it round through many different facets and see how the light and shades of meaning reflect off it. Flash is perfectly suited to that, 1000 words to deal with nuance and variegation, shades of light and dark. But metaphor is the meat and drink of literary fiction isn’t it? What I write therefore ought to be regarded as literary fiction, one of the only two labels left. Only I don’t even know what literary fiction means as a label. Why can’t genre books have literary values such as ornate language and depth of characterisation? Many do of course. Seems to me litfic is the dumping ground for when a book can’t be neatly pigeonholed & tagged with a genre label. And while that may very well apply to my work, it’s too much of a negative for me, that it’s only this because it’s not something else.

So that leaves us with just the final option. “Experimental”. Now, yes you guessed it, I have a problem with this label. What I write tends to be unconventional, in that it doesn’t readily conform to most of the ‘givens’ of story (sometimes it doesn’t even pretend to be a story at all). I do lots of things with language and words; words that mutate into other words, wrong words, single word sentences, lists as narrative… So it’s not really writing of the norm, but is it experimental? To me the word experimental has too many negative connotations. It suggests something undertaken without fully knowing how it would end up. It can imply something transitory, that’s not really meant to last. It conjures up notions of something not fully formed, incomplete, not wholly realised. I may not know the destination when I sit down to write one of my lesser conventional narratives, but I never feel it is not under my control and in my grasp. I absolutely declare them concluded when I decide to publish them, that they are fully realised within their own literary terms. And I demand of them to stand the test of time and persist, otherwise I have failed in their creation. So no, not experimental in those senses.

So what’s left? Now ‘unconventional’ isn’t really a useful delineation either. I don’t have any suggestion to petition the site designers with to add another category to the drop down menu. Rather it all just reinforces my notions that all literary labels are a tad reductive, diminishing the work in similar fashion to how a one-line pitch of our book diminishes a work of 60,000 words by boiling it down to 16 or so. Like Hemingway, if I wanted to tell a story in 6 words I would have done so, rather than opt to tell it in 60,000. So I leave it as unspecified in the genre box. I can appreciate that saying something is steampunk or erotica (is there an erotica category on the menu, I don’t even know) at least helps the reader have an idea of what they’re about to read. But most times I just can’t help them in advance I’m afraid. However, I did break with tradition a few weeks ago by putting out a little midweek flash and tagging it humour. Just to prompt the potential reader not to take it too seriously and because comedy is a label I get. Oh well, back to the unconventional, metaphorical and linguistic drawing board for me.

~Marc Nash

Editor’s note: Marc’s fourth flash fiction collection, “28 Far Cries,” is now available as an ebook from Amazon.

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We would love to have more guest posts! Will you write one? If you have any ideas or proposals that you think would improve the public presence of FFDO please don’t hesitate to send them to either editor Estrella Azul or founder Jon Strother. You can contact Estrella at estrella.azul@fridayflash.org, and Jon at jmstro@fridayflash.org with your questions, comments, or suggestions.