Council of Flash Fiction Magazines

Council of Flash Fiction Magazines is created to facilitate the exchange of information between publications for flash fiction. It allows editors/publishers to post calls for submission and interviews, search for new staff members, share marketing and funding ideas, offer awards and writing prompts, and showcase their best stories.

The eligible periodicals shall meet the following criteria:

  • Should be exclusively or mostly dedicated to publishing short stories under 1000 words
  • Should have published at least one issue. If a periodical publishes on a rolling basis, it should be publishing for at least six months.
  • If reading fees are charged, then an accepted author has to be compensated in cash, copies or both.

Turgenev’s flash fiction

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West. Wikipedia

Title: Dream Tales and Prose Poems
Author: Ivan Turgenev
Translator: Constance Garnett

THE BEGGAR

I was walking along the street … I was stopped by a decrepit old beggar.

Bloodshot, tearful eyes, blue lips, coarse rags, festering wounds…. Oh, how hideously poverty had eaten into this miserable creature!

He held out to me a red, swollen, filthy hand. He groaned, he mumbled of help.

I began feeling in all my pockets…. No purse, no watch, not even a handkerchief…. I had taken nothing with me. And the beggar was still waiting … and his outstretched hand feebly shook and trembled.

Confused, abashed, I warmly clasped the filthy, shaking hand … ‘Don’t be angry, brother; I have nothing, brother.’

The beggar stared at me with his bloodshot eyes; his blue lips smiled; and he in his turn gripped my chilly fingers.

‘What of it, brother?’ he mumbled; ‘thanks for this, too. That is a gift too, brother.’

I knew that I too had received a gift from my brother.

February 1878.

THE SPARROW

I was returning from hunting, and walking along an avenue of the garden, my dog running in front of me.

Suddenly he took shorter steps, and began to steal along as though tracking game.

I looked along the avenue, and saw a young sparrow, with yellow about its beak and down on its head. It had fallen out of the nest (the wind was violently shaking the birch-trees in the avenue) and sat unable to move, helplessly flapping its half-grown wings.

My dog was slowly approaching it, when, suddenly darting down from a tree close by, an old dark-throated sparrow fell like a stone right before his nose, and all ruffled up, terrified, with despairing and pitiful cheeps, it flung itself twice towards the open jaws of shining teeth.

It sprang to save; it cast itself before its nestling … but all its tiny body was shaking with terror; its note was harsh and strange. Swooning with fear, it offered itself up!

What a huge monster must the dog have seemed to it! And yet it could not stay on its high branch out of danger…. A force stronger than its will flung it down.

My Trésor stood still, drew back…. Clearly he too recognised this force.

I hastened to call off the disconcerted dog, and went away, full of reverence.

Yes; do not laugh. I felt reverence for that tiny heroic bird, for its impulse of love.

Love, I thought, is stronger than death or the fear of death. Only by it, by love, life holds together and advances.

April 1878.

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Short on Sugar, High on Honey

Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Stories (2018)

Short on Sugar

  • 300 little love stories
  • 7–13 words
  • 101 pocket-sized pages

An exciting new anthology of micro fiction by over 200 authors from around the world.

The authors include: Paul Beckman, Stuart Dybek, Carrie Etter, Sherrie Flick, Avital Gad-Cykman, Tara Lynn Masih, Lynn Mundell, Jonathan Pinnock, Pedro Ponce, Santino Prinzi, Sally Reno, Bruce Holland Rogers, Ravi Shankar, Laura Tansley, Meg Tuite, Deb Olin Unferth, Diane Williams … and many more.

Sample stories:

He lowered his pants. She gasped. He’d misspelled her name. It was permanent. [M. E. Parker]

Callie accepted Trey’s ring, then texted Dave to meet her at the pawnshop. [Joanne Fairies]

Clothes make the man – but you gotta remove them to make the baby. [Lizzi Wolf]

In the kitchen is a picture of a family that almost never happened. [Joseph S. Peters]

As a faithful wife, I faced no remorse. Only regrets. [Nathalie Boisard-Beudin]

Forty years. Lovers always. Married. Finally husbands. [Paul Fahey]

I pull petals from daisies you push up. They answer always: loved me. [Denise R. Graham]

‘If William Blake could see a world in a grain of sand, what might he see in a micro love story? My favorite is by Pedro Ponce: “There was a boy who loved a girl. Such stories rarely end well.” These micros challenge the reader to imagine the agony and ecstasy of whole lives in about a dozen words. Are you up to it? Buy this book and see.’
Robert Shapard, author of Motel and Other Stories; co-editor of Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short-Short StoriesSudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America.

‘Sure, a picture can be worth a thousand words, but what is the worth of seven to thirteen words? In Short on Sugar, High on Honey, some sentences are worth an entire plot, particularly the mini-tales of such authors as Beverly Jackson, Julianna Baggott, Stuart Dybek, Paul Lorello, Lauren Becker, Nancy Castaneda, John Briggs, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, and Joanne Faries. Other one-liners work as prompts for story ideas: How might you start a novel with this situation? What would happen next if a character said this? Either way, this anthology opens the door into the imagination of what could be – both on the page and in our lives.’
Marjorie Maddox, author of What She Was SayingTrue, False, None of the AboveLocal News from Someplace Else.

‘Love is where you find it. Until you lose it. These brief encounters swing both ways, here today, gone tomorrow, but always with instant recognition. You’ve been there. Now here you are again. With its truth burned into your memory.’
James Thomas, co-editor of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short StoriesFlash Fiction: 72 Very Short StoriesFlash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World.

‘Imagine all your smartest, wittiest friends volleying words around a table, discussing love and all its failings and imperfect beauty. That is this book. By turns tender and arch, full of humor, candor, and wickedly deft insights, Short on Sugar, High on Honey is a delightful, entertaining read featuring some of the best writers working today.’
Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: A Collection of Undomesticated Flash Fictions and Together We Can Bury It; co-author of Rift.

An exciting new anthology of micro fiction by over 200 authors from around the world.

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Vestal Review Pushcart nominations

Vestal Review Pushcart nominations

Print Issue 49: “Masking Tape Over My Fortunate One” by Shoshana Surek
Print Issue 49: “In Its Entire Splendor” by Tara Isabel Zambrano
Print Issue 49: “Birth” by Timothy Parrish
Print Issue 50: “Her House” by Merrin Jones

Congratulations to all nominees and good luck.

Sue, Mark, Cameron, Santino, Anita & Gillian

Calligraphy

Calligraphy by Jesse Bradley 

The man waiting in front of you for his coffee evaporates. The last of him asks: Why me? You wait for flecks of his blood to fall but it never comes.

Your neighbor wonders: Where am I going? When his son comes looking for him, you point to the empty set of clothes at your doorstep, then up to the sky where new questions linger:

Can you hear me?

What happened?

Is this it?

You stop looking up after the third day when you feel your wife’s hand disappear. She manages to contort what is left of her into cursive:

I’ll miss you.

You think about what your body will say when it’s your turn, but you’re not sure whether anyone would read it.