In 1987, some science fiction writers of note made a time capsule of their expectations for 2012, as reported by the gizmag tech blog. So now the cork has been popped from the capsule. What did they think? Mutant avengers take over the world? Dead atmosphere? Elvis returns to finish what he had begun? The […]
I presume that many writers like to see magazine editors and slush pile readers out there trying to publish, too. It’s both a humbling and educational experience. So here are recent publications of the FFO staffers I’ve heard from so far. I’ve got no problem putting mine at the top of the list: William Highsmith, […]
Author and blogger Jim Harrington has been asking editors and slush pile readers to “list, in excruciating details, all that each desires in his/her stories.” Good idea. He poses this request in the form of six question and–not unreasonably–gathers his continuing responses at the Six Question For… blog. Jim has posted a response from FFO […]
Ralan.com is a must-see for writers to find out what’s going on in magazine publishing, online or print. There, writers can find out who’s accepting submissions presently and what they’re looking for. Readers might not know about it, but it’s handy for them, too. They may find publications of interest to them that they’d never […]
CS Lewis would disagree, but–as reported by the Guardian–the Nobel Prize committee declined LOTR for its “second-rate prose.” (Cough.) And don’t miss a slightly shorter work, the Jan. 2012 Flash Fiction Online edition following its reboot efforts.
Special thanks to short story reviewer Sam Tomaino (and, of course, editor Gayle Surrette) for a brief review of our brief stories from last month. The problem with reviewing such short stories is that you can’t say too much without giving the whole thing away, and the problem with thanking people for such short reviews […]
I really like this quote from an interview with Vanessa Gebbie over at Smokelong Quarterly: Great flashes are diamond stuff. Perfect. They don’t leave the reader hanging, or assume another role. Strong, resonant stories packed into non-safety matchboxes. I have a strong emotional pull to the form. It feels very natural. I’m sure they are […]
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