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‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ to be published by Black Market Re-View!

My flash fiction ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ will be published in the second issue of  Black Market Re-View, an online magazine edited by undergraduate and postgraduate students from Edge Hill University in the UK.

I’m so happy that this story has found a home; it was fun to write, and I hope have fun reading it! ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ is about a man who reads in the newspaper that Mary Portas is coming to town to fix up their high street.

Interested? You won’t have to wait long! The second issue of Black Market Re-View is scheduled to be published this weekend. I’ll post a link once it’s up!

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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…

‘Submerged’, ‘Tempestuous’ and ‘Sequester’ Published at Unbroken Journal!

Three of my prose poems have been published together in the latest issue of Unbroken Journal. They are called ‘Submerged’‘Tempestuous’, and ‘Sequester’. You can find the latest issue, the March/April 2016 issue, but following this link here.

I have so much love for this journal. The work they publish is astounding, and the editor, R.L.Black, is incredibly supportive. I encourage everyone to submit their writing to Unbroken.

Plus this month’s cover is stunning!

If you’re interested, you can also read the interview I had with R.L.Black as a part of their Making the Magic series about writing Prose Poetry. You can read it by following this link here.

Thank you, Unbroken. I hope you all enjoy reading this latest issue – I’m looking forward to it!

Interview for Unbroken Journal’s ‘Finding the Magic’ Series Available Now!

I am honoured to have been interviewed recently by R.L.Black, the editor of the incredible Unbroken journal, about my prose poetry and my writing processes. You can read the interview by following the link here:

Prose Poetry|Finding the Magic: An Interview with Santino Prinzi

I love Unbroken journal. Taken from their website: “Unbroken is a bimonthly online journal that seeks to showcase poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun, both from established and emerging voices.”

I thoroughly recommend both reading and submitting to this journal, though they aren’t open for submissions until February. However, this gives you plenty of time to check out their previous issues and see for yourself the wonderful prose poems, poetic prose pieces, and haibuns.

Unbroken have been incredibly supportive of my prose poetry. They have currently published four of my prose poems (‘Midnight Sky in Winter’‘Stuck’‘Caught’, and ‘Tessellation’) and will be publishing three more of my poems in their March/April 2016 issue (‘Submerged’‘Tempestuous’, and ‘Sequester’).

I hope you enjoy reading the interview and find it useful.

Happy writing!

10 Places to Submit Your Writing in 2016

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome to 2016!

Whatever you hope 2016 holds for you I hope it happens, and if one of those hopes are to get your writing published, be it your first piece or not, then perhaps this will be helpful!

There are a mixture of competitions and journals in this list, and the main focus is flash fiction, but many of these places are looking for other forms of writing, like poetry or non-fiction. I’ll try and be as useful as possible!

I’ll also try to include links to current issues if they’re a lit mag / journal because the best way to support a literary journal / magazine is to read what they’ve published and share the writing you loved with the world.

The ten places I’ve chosen are based on many factors, but the main one is this: they love what they do. I suppose that could be said for a lot of places, but I suppose I also love what they do, and I think it’s very important people send their writing to somewhere they love!

Some may not be currently open for submissions, but make a note, use that time to read and enjoy the writing they publish, and return armed with your submission.

Here are my 10 places I believe you should submit your writing to in 2016. To be taken to each webpage, click each subheading, which is hyperlinked.

National Flash Fiction Day (UK)

National Flash Fiction Day, heading into its fifth year, happens annually in June in the UK and is a great way to celebrate flash fiction, with events usually happening up and down the country. Each year they produce an anthology from submissions, but as if that isn’t enough, they run a micro fiction competition and publish a journal called FlashFlood where they publish a new flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you’ll have plenty of reading material for flash fiction day itself if you couldn’t make it to one of the events.

Though later in the year this is one to remind yourself of and, as I volunteer for National Flash Fiction Day, you’re sure to hear more about it from me over the upcoming months. Last year was the first year I helped and I can honestly say the organisers, especially Calum Kerr, work continually to make it such a great time to celebrate the form. Past anthologies, as well as collections by Calum Kerr, are available to purchase.

Unbroken Journal

Unbroken Journal is a truly fantastic literary magazine who are now in their second year. Their focus is on poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun. I love this journal because the editor, R.L.Black, is supportive of both new and established writers, and has been very supportive of my own writing and have accepted a total of 7 of my prose poems (either published or forthcoming 2016). They currently publish an issue every two months and accompany the writing with art and photography. More importantly, the work they publish speaks to the core of me.

You can read their Jan/Feb 2016 issue by following this link here.

Adhoc Fiction / Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is, as you may guess, a flash fiction competition, but here’s what makes the competition unique: you can enter the traditional way by submitting writing and paying a small fee, or you can enter their weekly Adhoc Fiction contest.

Adhoc Fiction allows you to write a 150 word flash fiction inspired by a prompt, and each week a selection are published and the general public read and vote on their favourite flashes. The flash with the most votes wins a free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award. The winners are published online, and they seek to illustrate each piece, which means they’re looking for artists / photographers to create pieces to go with each published flash.

Smokelong Quarterly

This is one of the best literary journals for flash fiction, and they’ve been going for more than ten years now. The pieces they publish are powerful, varied, and demonstrate what one can achieve in a thousand words or less.  If you’re new to flash, this journal is a great place to start for reading flash and seeing what makes flash fiction so great! Submissions are open all year round, so you don’t need to rush to submit something to them. Take your time, soak up the writing they publish, and when you’ve recovered read some more. Why not try this excellent story on for size?: ‘Coat and Shoes’ by Tania Hershman.

CHEAP POP

I adore this online literary magazine purely for the work they publish. They love flash fiction of 500 words or less, fiction that really POPS! This is exactly what their fiction does, and I was really excited to have a piece of writing accepted by them – ‘Just Like Mummy’ is due to be published in February this year. Here’s a great piece, and there are many more to choose from, so please check them out: ‘Saudade’ by Zain Saeed. This journal is certainly the home of striking writing.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal

I love this journal because they publish vignettes. Everything I have read that has been published by Vine Leaves Literary Journal resonates from the page and I can promise you’ll not be disappointed by what they have to offer. This, from their website, sums up best what they’re looking for in a vignette: “Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere. Issue #16 from October 2015 is available to read from this link here.

Spelk

I love Spelk, the home of “short, sharp fiction”. The editor, Gary Duncan, is wonderful and I’ve found him to be really helpful with both the stories he’s accepted and with the feedback he’s provided for stories that weren’t quite ready. Again, like Vine Leaves, I feel this taken from their website sums up what makes Spelk so great: A spelk, in northeast England, is a splinter of wood – a tiny little sliver or shard embedded under the skin. Without getting too pretentious, we think there’s probably some kind of analogy there – we like flash fiction that’s short and sharp, that gets under your skin and leaves an impression. That, and we just happen to like the word. They publish stories three times a week, and there are many different ones to read! Why not give this one a read: ‘Graffiti’ by Jonathan Pinnock. 

NANO Fiction

I love NANO Fiction and have recently subscribed to this great journal. They publish flash fiction in print journals, and all the pieces in them tend to strike me as unusual but provocative. They include featured stories online too, here’s an example: ‘Gravity’ by Armel Dagon.

Firewords Quarterly

Fireworks Quarterly is a stunning literary journal who publish mostly short stories and poetry, but they do have a flash fiction challenge too. It is the care that goes into the production of the journal and it is this that is truly breathtaking. Click on their website and just look at their artwork and how the pages of the journal look – simply beautiful, who wouldn’t want their work published here? But rest assured that the writing is not drowned out by the artwork – the writing they publish is just as evocative as the artwork, so send them something shattering.

Synaesthesia Magazine

Last, but not least, Synaesthesia Magazine. Like FirewordsSynaesthesia Magazine is a literary journal that looks as visually powerful as the words they publish. They publish short stories, poetry, illustrations and photography, and usually have a theme for each issue. One thing I really, really love about this magazine is, though they can’t always guarantee this, they try to provide useful feedback for any writing they decide not to accept for publication. This feedback has allowed me to grow as a writer, to consider their feedback, make changes, and some of the stories I’ve then submitted elsewhere have found a home. This is another journal worthy of your support both as a reader and a writer! Their most recent issue should be available from this link here.

 

There are so many other magazines and journals I love too, such as Funny in Five Hundred, a journal of flash fiction dedicated to humorous stories, and 101 Words, an online journal of flash where the story must be 101 words (no more, no less).

Feel free to share in the comments your favourite places to submit writing to, particularly flash fiction, and share this list with other writers who are hoping that 2016 is the year they publish some flash!

Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you all! Good luck – happy writing!