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Three Flashes Published by Open Pen Magazine!

Three of my flash fictions have been published online by Open Pen Magazine today! You can read all by following this link here: Open Pen Magazine.

‘He’s Become Addicted to Green Tea’ is funny story about a couple whose relationship breaks down because of an addiction to green tea that is pushed too far.

‘The Copper-haired Girl’ has been described as a heart-breaking tale. It is a single sentence that contains a life.

And the final story, ‘The Perfectionist’s Secret’, is about a perfectionist named Cassandra whose life is meticulous, until something goes wrong…

I hope you enjoy reading them!

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I’m a new First Reader / Marketing Coordinator for Vestal Review!

I’m thrilled to be able to share that I have become a part of the team behind Vestal Review, a very well-established flash fiction magazine. The below is quoted from the Vestal Review ‘About Me’ page because I feel this really sums up what Vestal Review is all about:

Launched in March of 2000, Vestal Review is the world’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction.

We are firmly established as an exciting venue for exceptional flash by both emerging and well-known authors. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies such as Best of the Net, Sudden Flash Youth and You have Time for This. Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres except children’s stories and hard science fiction. Our past contributors include Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Sara Banse, Claire Tristram and others.

Vestal Review is one the best flash fiction magazines in the world. It originated so many things–so many great stories have been between its covers. And no doubt, with Vestal, more of the best is to come. May it thrive. -Robert Shapard.

Vestal Review is an awesome literary journal, one that does the work of angels when it comes to short short fiction. A national treasure. Find it. Read it. Now. -Steve Almond

I’m really excited to be a part of the team. I’m looking forward to reading all of your submissions, and to do what I can to uphold the reputation of Vestal Review as one of the best places for quality flash fiction.

Upcoming Readings with National Flash Fiction Day and the Bath Flash Fiction Award!

I have never done a reading before, and this Summer I’ll be doing two!

‘An Evening of Flash Tales’ – National Flash Fiction Day
Saturday 25th June 2016
At the Well Café and Laundrette, Bristol
7pm-10pm, Free admission

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‘An Evening of Flash Fiction with Meg Pokrass, Carrie Etter, & More’
Friday 29th July 2016
St James’ Vine Vaults, Bath
7.30pm-9.30pm, £5

With: Meg Pokrass, Carrie Etter, K M Elkes, Diane Simmons, and Santino Prinzi.

To say I’m excited to be reading at these two events is an understatement. I’ll be preforming alongside writers who are inspirations to me. Now, I must decide what to read, but whatever I do choose to read I know I’ll be bringing my absolute best. I’m excited!

If you’re interested in finding out more, please click either hyperlink.

Three Upcoming Publications

I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to: Nothing, and then, everything! I hope to provide a number of blog updates over the next few days and weeks, but for now here’s details about three upcoming publications I’ve had confirmed.

The first will be very soon. My flash fiction, ‘Buffet’, will be published by the brilliant 101 Words. All of their stories are (you guessed it) 101 words in length, and I enjoy reading the diverse range of stories they publish. They’ve previous published my flash fiction, ‘High Street’, which you can read by following this link here. You’ll have to read this one to find out what it’s about – I’ll post again once it’s been published.

The second is another flash fiction called ‘Handball’, which will be published at the end of July by Cafe AphraThis is another great home for flash fiction of all kinds. This story is about football, but something isn’t right – you’ll see…

Finally, my prose poem ‘Lovelorn’ has been accepted for publication by Unbroken Literary Journal. Those of you who have read previous posts of mine will know how much I love this journal, and this will be my eighth prose poem published by Unbroken. It will appear in their July/August issue, and you’re interested in finding out more about prose poetry, you can read my thoughts about it when I was interviewed by the editor, R. L. Black, by following this link here.

A lot to look forward to, and there’s more, I promise you, but for now there’s only so much I can say…

‘Lovelocked’ to be Published by Ink Sweat and Tears!

I’m delighted and thrilled to share with you all that my flash fiction, ‘Lovelocked’, has been selected by the incredible Ink Sweat and Tears webzine and will be published in 2016.

If you haven’t heard of Ink Sweat and Tears please check them out by following this link here. Here’s a little snippet from their About page:

‘Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which  publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between.  Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.’

It’s amazing to know that ‘Lovelocked’ will be published in this magazine which celebrates flash and prose poetry. I really recommend you check out the writing they publish: I’ve always found everything I’ve read in this webzine thought-provoking.

As usual, I’ll post when ‘Lovelocked’ has been published so you can read it. I’d like to give you a clue what the flash is about but I think the title says it all. You’ll see…

‘The Fortune Seeker’ to be Published by Litro Online for #FridayFlash!

I had a wonderful email last night from Litro Online to tell me that my flash ‘The Fortune Seeker’ has been accepted for their #FridayFlash segment and will be published soon. I’ll let you all know when it’s available to read online. I’m super stoked to have ‘The Fortune Seeker’ accepted by Litro Online!

Litro Online, and their print edition, publish all types of writing ranging from essays, poems, to short stories and flash. There’s a lot to choose from, and plenty of submission opportunities, so check them out by following this link here.

I’ll tease you all with a little bit about ‘The Fortune Seeker’: the flash fiction is about a young woman named Lorna who is trying to find out the meaning behind her dreams. But which interpretation is right, and will it come true?

Does that intrigue you? Well, you’ll have to wait until it’s published to find out what happens…

‘The LGBouTiQue’ to be Published in Gay Flash Fiction!

My flash fiction, ‘The LGBouTiQue’, has been accepted for publication by Gay Flash Fiction and will be published in the upcoming weeks.

Labels are something that I feel is an important part of the LGBT community, though “labels” is possibly not the right term. Depending on the individual these labels or definitions for want of a better term can be a form of freedom, a little word that allows one to understand oneself better, but for others it can be confusing; what if the label doesn’t fit, doesn’t suit you, feels odd to wear. No matter, there is only one label that everyone should feel comfortable with, the only label required regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristics: me. This is what I wanted to write about in ‘The LGBouTiQue’. It’s about a character who feels as though they need to find the right fit, only to understand that as long as they’re happy with and in themselves that’s all what is important. I’m in no position to argue with other peoples’ realities, but if I can speak for myself, being comfortable with the person you are is of the utmost importance. This can affect people in so many different ways as we try to seek a way of shaping ourselves to meet the conventions of society, communities, or these “labels”, and for some people that works, but as long as you like the person staring back at you in the mirror that’s what matters.

I like the person staring back at me when I look in the mirror, flaws and all.

I chose Gay Flash Fiction to submit this story to because I liked the flash fiction they published. I also admire their ethos: ‘We showcase flash fiction and poetry which is GLBTQI friendly, and has a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex theme.’ You should definitely check out the flash fiction they’ve published, and consider submitting your own. I’ll post the link when ‘The LGBouTiQue’ is published; I’m looking forward to seeing it online with so many great stories.