Delighted to have a piece I wrote earlier this year, called You Begin To Ache In All The Same Places accepted for publication in Flash: The International Short- Short Story Magazine Issue 11.1 April 2018.
Flash has an excellent reputation and is one of the world’s leading publishers of flash fiction, so it’s a pleasure to be included in their next edition. Past contributors include Booker and Pulitzer prize winners and nominees and other critically acclaimed authors such as Margaret Atwood, Beryl Bainbridge, David Gaffney, James Kelman, Meg Pokrass, Calum Kerr, Ian Rankin, Ian Seed, Meg Tuite, Jennifer Egan and many more outstanding writers I admire.
I’ve been reading a lot of short stories and flash recently, and one piece which stood out for me was Now That the Circus Has Shut Down, the Human Cannonball Looks for Work by Meghan Phillips, published over at Wigleaf last month. It’s brilliant, and you really should go and read it here. You’ve got to admire a story done as well as it can be.
On that note, I read a great article in The New Yorker this week, called Donald Glover Can’t Save You by Tad Friend. It’s a long read, but well worth the time, and gives a range of insights into the mind of Glover, the multi talented creator of FX’s Atlanta. Fascinating. Highlights include his prediction that ‘we are probably at the end of the storytelling age’ and concerns about Elon Musk. Highly recommended, go read it here.
Other things to look out for – tickets for the 2018 Flash Fiction Festival UK, held at Trinity College, Bristol on the weekend of Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July, are selling fast, so to avoid disappointment, go get yours now. The festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction and features workshops by leading flash fiction practitioners from the UK, USA, Ireland and Germany. The inaugural event was a huge success last year. Further details including a line up of events and speakers, can be found here.
Last but not least, the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology has a call out for submissions until the 31st March 2018, which gives you a little more time yet to be included. Editors for this year’s anthology are National Flash Fiction Day co-director Santino Prinzi and the award-winning writer Alison Powell.