So now that you’ve submitted your story, what happens next? Other than shaking in your sneakers at the idea of fearsome fanged slush readers ripping it apart even as you read this. Your manuscript has been whisked away into our submissions software and is headed toward potential storydom. ….I have an odd compulsion to sing […]
Today’s confessions come from the slush pile wisdom of Nancy DiMauro, FFO staffer and slush queen. If you write, and submit those stories, you dread the slush pile. It’s an inevitable part of the process. The way you get out of the slush and into print is to impress someone like me. Someone who has volunteered […]
So you want to be a writer. That’s fantastic. I love writers. Writers are some of my favorite people. They’re brilliant and quirky and often tend to daydream (which is why they tend to thrive in their own internal worlds). You have the passion. You even have a manuscript you know will revolutionize the world. […]
I’ve been reading a lot of slush this past month. Mountains of it, really. So much slush that I have imprints of the little yes/no/maybe buttons burned indelibly into the inside of my eyelids so I can see them staring back at me even in my sleep. That’s a whole lot of slush. But the […]
To paraphrase an IO9 commentor, the dual Nebula/Hugo choice for Frederik Pohl’s SF novel, Gateway, was simply dreadful…in the sense of instilling deep dread in the reader, as any horror writer would wish to do. Pohl won three Hugos, in successive years. That says it all, doesn’t it? Oh, and another Hugo and three Nebulas, […]
I found the piece of the alien ship out back, right on the marsh edge. I was out fishing, or least I was supposed to be, but mostly I was “lollygagging and woolgathering,” Pa would say. Pa don’t approve of gathering wool, nor gagging no lollies, either. He says a girl my age ought to […]
by Sarah Grey The girl behind the counter is a waif with mottled cheeks, swaddled in a blue barista’s apron. Her nametag, scratched half-bare, tells me only that she is a trainee. She offers me a timid smile, thin sparkle-glossed lips closed tight. She wears augmentation lenses, red plastic frames that glitter, a cheap pair […]
Worlds Beyond (“News and reviews for the geek in all of us”) liked the current FFO issue’s subversive Zombie Walk, linking to it on their Flash Friday page. Sam Tomaino at SFRevu has reviewed Flash Fiction Online’s October 2012 issue, which has two original and one classic flash stories, including: Zombie March Tension by Brynn […]
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