NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 22

October 28, 2014 in Book Launch, Community News, Contests, News Flash by JM Strother


Congratulations to Mark Gardner, who won our Halloween Humor and Horror contest. His story, “Hallowed Evening” will appear here on FFDO this Friday. Please drop by and give it a read. To help celebrate, Mark is paying it forward by offering two of his stories for free on Halloween. So after reading “Hallowed Evening” drop by Amazon and pick up your free copies of “Paradox” and “Escape.” Thanks, Mark!

Icy Sedgwick announced that the “Suspended in Dusk” anthology which includes her story, “Woman of Disrepute” is available for free from Smashwords until Halloween. Use the code DA68M. She says her story is “a fog-soaked slice of Victorian Gothic!” Sounds like fun.

Paul D. Brazill announced that his story, “The Postman Cometh” has been accepted by Spinetingler Magazine. No word yet on the publication date. Spinetingler can be found here. And Paul’s been on a bit of a roll, he also announced that his story “The Long Haul” has been accepted by Spelk Fiction. Again, publication date is to be announced. Spelk Fiction can be found here.  Congratulations, Paul, keep the hits coming!

Cover of Mirror MazeTrevor Belshaw is getting into the spirit of the season by offering the first of his Magic Molly series, “The Mirror Maze,” for free on Amazon. As with his other children’s titles, “The Mirror Maze” is authored under his pen name, Trevor Forest. So if you have a wee one, be sure to pick up a copy here. Thanks, Trevor.

G.P. Ching announced that her YA novel, “The Soulkeepers,” has been translated into German on Amazon Crossing. The Soulkeepers is the first in her very successful series by the same name, and this her first translation. The English version is available for free here.

And while we have not vetted this, the prize money certainly makes it worth checking out. The Museum of Words is having a 100 word flash fiction contest with a $20,000 prize. If you do the math, that’s $200 a word. Not a bad gig. As with all contests, be sure to do your due diligence, but as there is no fee, I really don’t see a down side. Good luck!

Teaser Tuesday: It’s that time of year again. NaNoWriMo starts this Saturday. Join me Thursday when I discuss NaNo trolls.

Keep the good news coming.


NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 21

October 23, 2014 in Community News, News Flash, Publication, Story sold by JM Strother


Janet Lingel Aldrich had her flash piece, “Mobius,” published on “Yellow Mama.” Don’t be put off by the Yellow Mama “adult content” warning. Janet assures us that “Mobius” is not an “adult” work and will not offend. I’ve read it. She’s right. Congratulations, Janet.

Alison Wells will be teaching a series of classes this autumn. All courses this will take place in St. Peter’s Centre, (adjacent to the Coach Inn), Dublin Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Yes, that means these are not virtual courses. If you are in the area you can sign up via her Head Above Water website. The courses range from 35 to 45 euros. Her signature classes are “Creative Practice in Busy Lives” and “Short Story Essentials.” See her website for details. Good luck with the classes, Alison.

Cover for The Magpye CircusLong time #FridayFlash contributor Chris Lynch has made his novel, “The Magpye Circus,” available for free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other venues. It is currently bumping around in the Top 20 “Occult Horror” novels on, and is slowly creeping up the charts at iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. This is not a promotional event, it is free forever. Chris is trying to increase his readership, so if you read and enjoy it please pass the word. Check out his website for more details. Much success to you, Chris.

John Wiswell announced he made a professional rate sale of his short story, “Wet,” to Urban Fantasy Magazine. Surprisingly, this is his first pro-rate sale, but surely not his last. Congratulations, John, and continued success in the future!

Judging is complete for the Halloween Humor and Horror flash fiction contest. The winner will be notified shortly so arrangements can be made for deliver of the prize money. The winning story will be featured here on FFDO next Friday, which is of course, Halloween. Now didn’t that work out nicely. :)

Keep up the good works folks. We’re chuffed for all of you.





NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 20

October 16, 2014 in Book Launch, Celebration, Community News, News Flash by JM Strother


Dan Powell announced that he has completed his MFA after three years of work. Congratulations, Dan! We know you’ve put in a lot of time and diligent effort  and hope you can now take a bit of time to revel in your achievement.

Donna Carrick, of Carrick Publishing, has reveled the full contents list of their new crime anthology, “World Enough and Crime.” Both Donna and Alex Carrick have stories included as well as our own Angie Capozello. The story titles are “Doctor Shediac,” “The Piece of Mind Thief,” and “Ghost Protocol,” respectively. You can join in the launch party on Facebook Oct. 26 at the Excerpt Flight Deck event, from 2 – 6 pm EST. Congratulations Donna, Alex, Angie, and all the other authors included in the anthology.

Cover of No Need to ReplyJodi Cleghorn will releases her debut flash fiction collectionNo Need to Reply” today, Thursday 16th October. The collection looks at the struggles to find your voice and be heard. It will be available as a pay-what-you-want eBook and a limited edition, numbered and signed chapbook. The collection is the first part of a rolling collaborative project. Check it out on Goodreads. We are particularly happy for Jodi in that she is the head of eMergent Publishing, the publisher of The Best of Friday Flash – Volume 2. Congratulations, Jodi!

Cover of Champion StandingMark Gardner announced the pending release of his debut historical fantasy novel, Champion Standing. You can read his announcement on his blog, Article 94. You can preorder the ebook version now from Amazon. The paperback will become available come January, 2015. Congratulations, Mark!

If you have news you’d like to share with the #FridayFlash community be sure to visit the NewsHound and give us the details. We’d love to help you spread the word.

As always, you keep on impressing us. You all are amazing.




NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 19

October 9, 2014 in #AmWriting, Book Launch, Community News, Contests, News Flash by JM Strother


When it rains, it pours. This week we have more news than you can shake a stick at. Enough cliches yet? Well, let’s get cracking.

Emma Newman will be a Guest of Honor at this year’s BristolCon, one of the biggest SF&F conventions in the UK. Emma is a long time member of the #FridayFlash community and author of the excellent Split Worlds Series and co-host of the “Tea and Jeopardy” podcast, along with her husband, Peter. Other Guests of Honor are fellow author Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and artist Julian Quaye. The con will be held in the DoubleTree Hotel in Bristol on October 25th. Memberships are £25. Peter Newman will also be a guest and panelist. He has posted his schedule here. Oh that I were in Bristol.

On September 29th Alan Baxter appeared on Channel 31’s “Behind the Words” television show. Channel 31 is a local community television station in Melbourne. The show features interviews and sound bites with writers and publishers attending the Continuum Convention earlier this year. Through the magic of the Internet you can see the show in it’s entirety here. The entire episode, which runs 24 minutes, is worth watching, but if you want to cut to the chase Alan’s bit starts at the seven minute mark. You know you’ve always wanted to see Alan in person, well this is the next best thing.

An article by Kyle Chayka on the Penguin-RandomHouse blog, Hazlitt, discussed the #AmWriting hashtag and resultant community created by Johanna Harness. While the article was less than flattering, if not downright mean spirited in nature, as Johanna says, there is no such thing as bad publicity. You can read the entire article here.

Editorial note: People pour their heats and souls into the books, stories, and articles the write. To belittle anyone for that effort is small-minded at best.

G. P. Ching was a panelist on the “Publishing In the Digital Age” panel at Archon38 in (actually near) St. Louis this past weekend. I was lucky enough to attend that session and have a summary chock full of good advice for writers up on my blog, Mad Utopia. It was a pure pleasure to finally get to meet Genevieve in person. By the way, if any of you are ever attending Archon please let me know. I’d love to meet you too.

April Brown announced the release of six, count ‘em – six, books last week. April has been very busy indeed. The titles include four cookbooks and two novels. They are:

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains (in print only)
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meats
(print only)
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables
(print only)
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook (print and digital)
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines, (print and digital) and
Crosswinds: Past, Present and Future Combine (print and digital)

All six of the books are available from Amazon and Smashwords.

This is the last week you can enter the Halloween Humor and Horror Contest. All entries must be in by midnight, Saturday October 11th. The winner will be announced on Halloween. Good luck, everyone. May the best man, or woman, or android win.

Catherine Russell continues with her series on the darker side of fairy tales with a feature on Snow White. Be sure to drop by tomorrow (Friday) to give it a read.

Continue to amaze me, folks. You are wonderful.


NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 17/18

October 3, 2014 in #AmWriting, Awards, Celebration, News Flash by JM Strother


Happy belated NewsFlash. I have not been too good about keeping these things current, and for that I apologize. However, we do have some exciting news this week so let’s get to it.

The deadline for our Halloween Humor and Horror flash fiction contest is fast approaching. Just a friendly reminder, all stories must be in to Submittalbe by midnight, October 10th. You can read the guidelines and access the submission form here

Johanna Harness won a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for her debut novel, Spillworthy. She received a Gold award in the category Pre-teen Fiction, Mature Issues. Not to give too much away, Spillworty chronicles the adventures of Ulysses Finch, a homeless ten year old boy, and his friends as they struggle with issues as deep as homelessness, acceptance, and abuse of authority. The Moonbeam Awards are issued annually by the Jenkins Group, an independent book publishing service. This is the 18th year for the awards. You can read more about this year’s winning books here. 
Spillworthy is available here. Congratulations, Johanna!

Marc Nash’s digital flash story “Just Aphasia Going Through” was shown as part of the Brighton Digital Festival on September 25th. The Brighton Digital Festival just wrapped up its month-long celebration of digital culture. From the BDF website: “The festival provides an exciting platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organisations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture.” You can see “Just Aphasia Going Through” in its entirety on YouTube. Also, check out this nice shot on Twitter of the festival screening. Congrats, Marc.

Drop by next week for another article on the darker side of fairy tales from Catherine Russell. Heigh ho!

NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 15/16

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


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.


NewsFlash – Vol. 6 # 14

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


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!


NewsFlash – Vol. 6 #10

August 5, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello


if:book Australia is entering week two of its 8 week long literary remix experiment, Lost In Track Changes. You can participate in the Open Changes portion of the project as described here on FFDO in last week’s post, The Open Changes Project. We hope many of you will give it a shot (or two to eight). You just may end up getting published. 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 me, If you have questions on just what is involved in the position you can ask Angie by contacting her at

Speaking of news, you may have noticed our community news has been a bit sparse of late. I’m sure you all are continuing to do great things. Please share them with us by feeding the News Hound. Give him a scratch behind the ears while you’re there. Thanks.

A standing crow silhouetted against a full red moon. The Were-Traveler is looking for judges for the Harvest of Souls story contest.  If you are interested in judging the contest email Maria Kelly at, or message her on Twitter @TheWereTraveler. Maria is a long-time member of Friday Flash and she could use your help. You can read more about the Harvest of Souls here, and you can follow The Werre-Traveler on Facebook.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on Thursday for  Angie Capozello’s continuing series of articles on screen adaptations, From Scene To Screen. This week she discusses When Collaborations Go Wrong.

Keep on writing, and good luck, everyone!

– Angie

NewsFlash – Vol. 6 #9

July 29, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello


Emily Craven, of if:book Australia, has invited the Friday Flash community to participate in their Open Changes flash-fiction/remix project. It is part of the Lost in Track Changes project. It starts this week and runs through September 22nd. You can find more details at their website. Also, we will have a more in-depth look come Thursday.

One last chance to submit to Carrick Publishing’s upcoming Crime Anthology: World Enough and Crime. The deadline is Thursday, July 31st.

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on Thursday to read more about the Open Changes project.

Good luck to everyone!

– jon

NewsFlash – Vol. 6 #8

July 22, 2014 in Community News, News Flash by Angie Capozello

NewsFlashEmma Newman has a story in a new anthology coming out from Abaddon Books. “Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Street” is set for release in the US on October 7th, and in the UK on October 9th. It can be pre-ordered now from Amazon. Her novel Between Two Thorns has also been shortlisted in two categories in the British Fantasy Awards: Best Fantasy Novel and Best Newcomer as well as making the Locus top 25 Best Fantasy novels of 2013.

Maria Kelly announced that there is a contest for the Shinigami Stories issue of The Were Traveler. The deadline is December 20th, 2014. Start reaping! And… you are not too late to make the deadline for the Elves & Spacerockets: General Sci-Fi & Fantasy Issue, which has a deadline of September 15, 2014. Whatever would Legolas think?

Justin N. Davies has two stories, including “Sackcloth and Ashes” published in the “An Earthless Melting Pot” anthology, published by Words with Jam.

Angie Capozello will be stepping down as the NewsFlash Editor soon in order to spend more time writing. We want to thank Angie for all her excellent work, and hope to see her around here in the future with the occasional article and artwork. She has been a tremendous help. If you are interested in the position please drop me, Jon Strother, a line at

Teaser Tuesday — Drop by FFDO on Thursday to read about the secret to writing success. 

Congratulations to everyone!  I’m sorry to be leaving, it’s been a lot of fun seeing what amazing things you have all been up to every week. It came down to me simply not being able to juggle this, my hectic day job and writing.  I’ll still be around though, and I’ll still look forward to hearing about all your writing successes. Good luck to you all, and keep writing those awesome flashfics! :)

– Angie