Today my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ was published in the September 2015 issue of Flash Frontier, which was on the theme of science. You can read my story, and other wonderful flashes, by following this link here.
Here’s what the two guest editors, Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman, have to say about this issue:
Guest Editors Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman on this issue:
Tania and I share a love of science (though Tania’s more knowledgeable that I am), so our “theme” presented itself immediately. I was very curious to see what flash writers would do with the theme in such limited space. We received a fascinating mix and they were great fun to read. I especially enjoyed the stories where the writer allowed her imagination free rein. And when the writing itself was striking, so much the better! We went through two rounds of reading the 77 submissions we received for this issue and made some difficult decisions, but trust you’ll enjoy the mix of science themed stories we have selected for this issue of Flash Frontier!
What I am always looking for, but especially with very very short stories, is a piece that marries a compelling story with a love for language, one that grips me from the very start and never lets me go. Yes, even a 250-word flash story can become baggy in the middle! When it comes to fiction inspired by science, here I wanted to be delighted by an original take on a scientific topic, one not constrained by fact but where imagination was let loose – plus the above-mentioned story and love for language. An idea is not enough, you have to find a way to involve the reader in the story, make us feel. I was thrilled by how many submissions we got, and how varied they were – although for quite a few writers science was something done at school and never since! Between us we chose, we hope, a variety of styles and approaches, but all great stories, all not just fitting themselves into the length constraints but celebrating brevity, using it to tell a story that would become an entirely different animal if longer, and often sliding in some science with playfulness. Thank you to all those who submitted, keep playing with science!
It is wonderful to be in this edition of Flash Frontier and to have had my story selected by two incredible flash fiction writers I admire. ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ as a title gives you, I believe, a taster of what to expect from the flash, but I do encourage you to check it out! I’m particularly proud of this flash, and I hope you enjoy it as much as Kathy and Tania did to select it for Flash Frontier.