Hillary Leftwich discusses her personal connection to flash fiction in her SmokeLong Quarterly essay, “The Flash That Haunts Us.” Congrats, Hillary!
Leesa Cross-Smith (upcoming judge of our Flash Fiction Contest) has a new essay at SmokeLong Quarterly today! Leesa’s essay “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” is part of SmokeLong‘s ongoing “Why Flash Fiction?” series, wherein writers and editors explore their experiences writing and reading flash.
Leesa talks about a favorite flash from author Scott Garson, she recalls the process of writing her piece “Sometimes We Fight in Wars,” and she reflects on her editorial role at Whiskey Paper. Throughout this discourse, she muses about time (or lack thereof) and considers the accelerated narrative pacing of most flash fictions. Check out the full essay, “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” here.
James R. Gapinski’s “Determining the Gull Bone Index” was recently published by SmokeLong Quarterly as a weekly feature. This flash fiction was just released as part of their quarterly edition (issue number 51). The issue also contains an interview, where guest editor Chase Burke asks James some questions about his piece. Check out the full interview here.
The full issue is available here, featuring flash fictions and supplemental interviews with twenty-one different authors!
Last year’s flash contest was judged by Laura Ellen Joyce, and she chose Caitlin Scarano as the winner. We’re looking forward to unveiling the micro-chap for Caitlin Scarano’s winning story, “Pitcher of Cream,” at the upcoming AWP Conference in Los Angeles.
So we don’t want to completely steal Caitlin’s glory here, but we’ve be aching to tell you that Leesa Cross-Smith will be the 2016 Flash Fiction Contest judge!
Leesa is the author of Every Kiss a War, and she’s co-editor of WhiskeyPaper. Her work has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Fiction, Hobart, NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Juked, Word Riot, Sundog Lit, The Rumpus, and tons of other places. Check out Leesa’s website for more information on her work.
The Conium Review 2016 Flash Fiction Contest is open for submissions from October 1st to December 1st. The winner receives $300, online publication, publication as a broadside or micro-chap, and a copy of the judge’s book. Full guidelines are already available here.
We’re glad to have Leesa Cross-Smith as the judge, and we hope you’ll submit some fantastic flash to this contest. If you want to stay informed about this and other opportunities at The Conium Review, you can sign up for our e-mail newsletter here (we don’t spam you; just one e-mail per month with an easy unsubscribe link at the bottom).
James R. Gapinski (The Conium Review‘s managing editor) has a new flash fiction published at SmokeLong Quarterly. The piece was selected by guest editor, Chase Burke. Chase notes: “This is a fantastic, weird, impossible little story that does not care about the laws of reality. I love it.” Read Click here to read “Determining the Gull Bone Index.”