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Flash  Fiction Flash Newsletter (March 2006 Issue 52)

The Newsletter for Flash Literature Writers

Issue 52:  March 2006
Editor:  Pamelyn Casto

Newsletter devoted to markets, contests,  publishing news
for short-short literature 1,500 words or fewer
(including short-short stories, prose  poetry, creative
nonfiction, haibun, flash memoirs, flash plays)

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* Next Online Four-Week Suddenly Flash Fiction  Course
Begins April 10, 2006.  See info below and  at

* New Course --  Flash Fiction II.  A continuation of the present
Flash Fiction course  will begin June 12, 2006. (See more info below.)

* Featured Market:  MYTHOLOG: Literature of Mythic Proportions
(by  John Young)

* Flash Literature Markets

* Flash Literature  Contests

* Flash Literature Publishing News

* Articles &  Interviews On Flash Fiction Writing

* Online (Free) Flash Literature  Workshops Info

* How To Change Your Newsletter Subscription Email  Address-- Please Read

* How to Send Your Flash Fiction/ Flash  Literature News
(April 10, 2006)

Pamelyn  Casto's next four-week online flash fiction course starts Monday,
April 10,  2006. The fast-paced course fills rapidly so sign up soon to
reserve your  spot in the next session.  See all course and signup details  at

(Comments used with permission from  participants.)

Samantha Hoffman:
Thanks so much for this course. It  was much more thorough and detailed than
I would have expected for the  price. Your enthusiasm for writing is obvious
and  your eagerness to  impart knowledge is admirable. I learned more and got
lots  more  information than I expected. I especially appreciate your
thoughtful and  insightful critiques.
Bill West:
This course has been a  delight, full of nuggets of information that will
help my writing. The most  important aspect of this course has been the
realization that critquing  great flashes is one of the great teachers of the
art of writing flash. At  first I found the volume of information a little
intimidating but Pam's  careful administration made the whole experience a
joy. She demonstrates  infinite patience.
Kevin J. Macky:
I enjoyed Pam's Flash  Fiction immensely. A lot of information was delivered
but Pam's method of  organizing it made it possible to keep track of what was
going on. The  interactive nature of the course ensured a good back-and-forth
between and  among the students as well as with Pam, the instructor. The
writing, and  writing ideas, exercises made for a very stimulating four
weeks. The course  material on the use of myth and voice within stories was
very useful. The  tips or pointers on how to analyze and critique a story
were also very  helpful, both during the course and in my own reading after
it. The care,  effort and expertise that Pam brought to the critiques of the
exercise  stories really helped me improve the writing I am doing. All in
all, a very  well-spent four weeks and great value for money.
Donna  Johnson:
Pam Casto is an energetic and insightful instructor who executes  her lesson
plans with a firm and guiding hand, all the while inspiring  creativity. A
student can go anywhere with this course she chooses. It's  amazing how well
organized Pam is to impart so much information in four  short weeks. The
selected text instructs by example, and it is a pleasure  to read. I
would certainly be interested in another  course.
(JUNE 12,  2006)

Pamelyn Casto will be teaching a Suddenly Flash Fiction Course  Part II.
This new online four-week course will begin on Monday, June 12,  2006.  Those
wanting to take this course are required to have taken  her original Flash
Fiction Course (above).  The new course syllabus  will be up at flashquake
soon and you'll be able to read more information  about the course at that
time.  If you'd like to be notified when the  new course syllabus is
viewable, write to [EMAIL PROTECTED] and  you'll be put on a notify
list. (Label your message Notify: Flash Fiction  II.)
(Article by John Young [EMAIL PROTECTED] )

MYTHOLOG: Literature of  Mythic Proportions

Asher Black, Editor

I recently spoke with  Asher Black, editor of Mytholog ezine. He is a
pleasure to work with and  deserves your best mythic writing. Hmm. Mythic
writing? Read on. More than  just Minotaurs and Daedalus await you.


MYTHOLOG is a  quarterly electronic magazine that publishes material with
mythic  development, regardless of genre or medium. We don't necessarily  mean
Fantasy or retold fairy tales. Westerns, Detective, or General  Fiction,
Sci-Fi, Comic-related material, or Interstitial Literature may  convey a
sense of universal experience or local tradition. Likewise,  whether it's
flash, short or graphic fiction, poetry. all of these media  can convey
mythic development.

The staff accords equal professional  dignity to electronically published and
print work. This translates into  several protocols, from integrity of
publication rights to peer-judged  submissions and superb production values.

We are willing to break some  traditional rules for evaluating and publishing
literature. For instance,  we buy stories not words, paying accordingly.
Likewise, new or  widely-published author, famous or obscure, staff member or
not, we don't  judge submissions on author credits, frequency of appearance,
or other ad  hominem standards.

We require a header indicating  acceptance of our guidelines, and accept
submissions only by e-mail. Since  we publish quarterly, writers are assured
a response within the quarter,  but we're usually looking at 30-60 days,
unless there is a lot of debate  over the piece among the Submissions Board.
We often respond with extensive  feedback, but only if the author requests
it. We're able to do this,  because we put extensive thought into each
submission. We don't accept  simultaneous submissions or work that has ever
appeared in public format,  either in print or on any web site. The
readership is diverse; some people  get what we're doing in terms of mythic
development, and some just like a  good story in a professional format.

We're looking for stories that are  part of the one story, the oldest story,
the continual multi-part  historical drama of human existence. Two brothers
struggle for their  father's approval; lovers are held apart by social
convention; a great  leader cannot see that those closest to her are her
betrayers. These are  chapters in the great story, which might be a Western,
Sci-Fi, or suburban  yuppie Romance. They might have elves or aliens or
talking animals, or they  might be about Francis Bacon or about your boss.
What they have in common  is that individuals have retold the great story and
added something to it  that makes it contemporary - makes it comprehensible
to modern men. We are  making a chronicle of that form of mythmaking.

The number  one speed bump, common to most publications, is submissions that
don't  follow the guidelines. After that, it's sifting through writing that
isn't  self-edited before submission. People will read a synopsis of our
magazine  in a list and send a rough draft, or something we can't use
(previously  published, Word document attachment, novella or random visual
art without a  query, etc.). I suppose, after that, it's stories with no
ending; the  author starts out with an honest idea, and then chumps out with
a cheap  ending that betrays the reader. The ability to finish with the same
vision  that began the work is a hallmark of publishable  writing.

A satisfying ending is always a good sign. A  lack of filler - some sign that
the author has edited his own work with  integrity - will keep us reading.
Something unique to say, an original idea  or an unoriginal idea originally
presented, real plot development - as much  as possible in a short medium -
instead of cheap tricks indicates really  healthy writing. Above all, I
suppose, hit us with something unexpected. We  do like elves and retold fairy
tales, and such, and we frequently publish  these, but hit us with a
religious Western, or Detective Science Fiction,  or make us laugh, or
illustrate your own already-good work, or interest us  with a new medium
(we've yet to receive much-requested graphic short  fiction that we can use),
and you're going to get noticed. Your submission  response will either be
relatively quick (when the Submissions Board gives  four thumbs up) or else
last minute (when we've heartily debated something  that challenges us).
Final answer? The basics: plot, character, dialogue  (if the piece has
dialogue) - do those right, and who wouldn't publish  it?

We acquire First World/Electronic Publications  Rights. Anything appearing in
a public forum before (print or on a web  site) is already published.
Reprints, electronic or print, must credit  MYTHOLOG. In exchange for this,
your work is handled professionally,  presented with high production values,
and you're paid:

Short  Fiction (500 - 7500 words) or Graphic Fiction: $5
Flash Fiction (generally  500 words or less) $3
Poetry, Essay, Review $1
Illustration, Cover Art,  Photography $1

SPECIAL MESSAGE from the editor:
MYTHOLOG provides a  great deal of simultaneous value for reader, author, and
staff. We often  have pieces illustrated (with links to artist galleries),
frequently  feature supporting background or quotations, blurb everything,
provide  verification of publishing and staff credit, and the list goes on.
The  magazine 'feels' like a magazine, not just web site. It's an  interactive
atmosphere with a sense of continuity, like an ongoing story.  Subscribers
(subscribing is free) get notifications when their next issue  is ready, and
special content is in the works. In all, you get the same  feel from our
magazine as from an annual subscription or a pricey glossy  from the local
big box store.
-- End-- 

(Review by John Young. If  you'd like to see a particular paying market for
flash literature featured,  contact John Young at [EMAIL PROTECTED] with
your  suggestion.)

For flash literature markets  paying
* an honorarium or
* a subscription
* and/ or a contributor's  copy.

Market/ Contest mentions in the newsletter are not necessarily  endorsements.
Always check out all details for yourself.

(If you  know of or are the the editor of a paying publication  (honorarium,
subscription, and/ or contributor's copy) that considers flash  literature
submissions, do contact me at [EMAIL PROTECTED] and I'll  list the
Web site:

Print publication, printed  biannually (fall and spring).  Seeks prose poems 
under 500 words.  Pays copies.
Wants gothic  and psychological horror.  Accepts stories from 100 to 4000
words  long. Pay starts at $.05 per word.
Web Site:

Takes flash fiction up  to 1000 words.  Pays five cents per  word.

FOOD WRITING's  Food and Fiction Writing Contest

Food Writing,  a bi-weekly ezine, is sponsoring a short story contest. There
is no fee to  enter your short story with food as an ingredient, but you must
be a  subscriber to Food Writing (it's free; subscribe now  at

Rules: 500 words maximum. Food must be  included in the short story. It can
be the main character or in the  background but food is essential! Three
winners will be awarded $50 each  plus publication in Food Writing ezine and
on the Food Writing website.  Winners will be chosen by three judges
including the publisher of Food  Writing.

Deadline: April 21, midnight.

Winners Announced in the  May 2 issue of Food Writing.
Other: No fee to enter but must be a  subscriber of Food Writing, a free
online newsletter.
500 maximum word  count.
Email entry to:  [EMAIL PROTECTED] .
>From  Last Month's Newsletter (but the deadlines are still valid)

>From the web  site:

CHARACTER SKETCH-Deadline March 25, 2006. Practice creating  believable
characters in 500 words or fewer. Show your character in a  scene, doing
something typical of him. Entry fee $4. Prizes: $40, $25,  $15.

FLASH FICTION-Deadline April 5, 2006. A quick fiction which feels  complete
in less than a thousand words. These stories often depend on  atmosphere,
technique, and a sense of immediacy. Entry fee $5. Prizes: $50,  $30, $20.
MID-AMERICAN REVIEW: The 2006 Fineline  Competition
Prose Poems and Short Shorts & Everything In  Between
Final  Judge: Denise Duhamel
Postmark deadline: June 1, 2006.There is a 500-word  limit for each poem or
short. A $5 entry fee (check or money order, made  out to Mid-American
Review) is required for each prose poem/short, or $10  for each set of three.
All $10-and-over submissions will receive  Mid-American Review v. XXVII, no.
1, where the winners will be  published.

NOTE: If I didn't  include your news it's likely due to
* not sending it to me at my private  address
* your news not being appropriate for this newsletter (see above  for what
news we accept)
* the link/ URL wasn't included or was sent  incorrectly (with typos).
* not labeling it Flash News (so I can sort it  from spam)
* my accidentally overlooking it.

Remember that  contributors of news need to send the full and *correct* info
(including  the correct URLs) before it can be published in the newsletter.

NOTE:  See how to send news at end of newsletter (or you can model what you
send  on the news below).  Send your flash literature publishing news  today
(or before the end of each month).
Correction from last  month's newsletter.  The collaboration information
below was left  out.  Below is the corrected news item:

MARGE SIMON's flash  fiction, "Lilith, Revisited," which was written in
collaboration with BRUCE  BOSTON, can be viewed at The Pedestal  Magazine

MARGE  SIMON's story, "Remembering the River Woman," written in collaboration
with  BRUCE BOSTON, can be viewed  at
URL of  zine:
NOMA Gallery in Middletown, CT welcomes  author JESSICA TREAT

JESSICA TREAT will be reading new works on Friday,  March 3, 6:30 pm.  There
will be an open forum for questions and  answers. Then on Saturday, March 4,
9:00am to noon, Treat will conduct a  flash fiction workshop.  Class size is
limited and pre-registration is  required.  Fee: $35.00.  See website  info:

Jessica Treat's collection of short-short  stories, A Robber in the
House (Coffee House Press) is in its second  printing. She is also the
author of Not a Chance, stories and  a  novella (FC2, 2000), and the
recipient of an Artist Fellowship Award in  Fiction from the CT
Commission on the Arts. Her work has appeared in Ms.,  Epoch, Double
Room, Quarterly West, Web del Sol, Terra Incognita, 3rd  Bed,  and
others. She is Associate Professor of English at  Northwestern CT
Community College and coordinator of the Mad River Literary  Festival,
now in its 10th year.
ANNA McDOUGALL's flash fiction,  "Preventative Measures," is published in the
Spring Issue of flashquake

ANNA McDOUGALL's flash fiction, Controlling Jane,  will be published in the
winter/spring issue of The Landing (expected
in the March issue).

ANNA  McDOUGALL's creative nonfiction flash, "Pieces of Paradise," is
published  in the March issue of Writer's Post Journal.

ANNA McDOUGALL's creative  nonfiction flash, "Beyond Bad Luck," is published
in the March issue of  Bread 'n Molasses
SAMANTHA HOFFMAN's story,  Aging Gracefully, has been accepted by
FiftySomething  Magazine

SAMANTHA HOFFMAN's story, Harder, has been accepted for  publication by The
Corner in London.
JERRY SCHATZ's microplay,  "Waiter, There's a Glass Eye in My Soup...." is in
this week's edition,  Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, of  QUICTIONonline
DIANA WOODS's  story, Last Chance for Romance, will be published in the
Spring Issue of A  Flasher's Dozen
JONETTE  STABBERT'S flash story, Prey, will be featured in the March
issue of Crime  and Suspense

JONETTE STABBERT's  micro-fiction story, "Disappearing Act", previously
published by Flashshot,  will be included in the Flashshot: YEAR TWO
BOB BRILL's story, Old Man on a  Tricycle, appears in the Spring
issue of Flashquake

INTERVIEW with  MICHAEL ARNZEN On Writing Flash Fiction
--Interview by Jerry Schatz
(Originally published in Flash Fiction  Flash Newsletter #25, March  2003)

INTERVIEW  with RICHARD CURREY on Writing Flash Fiction
--Interview by Pamelyn Casto
(Originally published in Flash  Fiction Flash #17, July  2002)

PAMELYN  CASTO's online article, "Flash Fiction: The Short-Short to
Ultra-Short  Story," can be read in Net Author's  E2K or at Riding the  Meridian

To  learn more about writing flash fiction, the articles below were
co-written  by Pamelyn Casto and Geoff Fuller for various Writer's Digest
publications  (Writer's Digest, Start Writing Now!, and Writer's  Digest

Pamelyn Casto and Geoff Fuller.  "How To  Write Short-Short Stories."
Writers' Digest. Feb. 2001 issue

Pamelyn  Casto and Geoff Fuller.  "Put The Flash Into Fiction."  Guide  To
Writing Fiction Today (A Writer's Digest Yearbook Publication). Winter  2002

Pamelyn Casto and Geoff Fuller.  "Simple Complexity."   Start Writing Now!
Your Introduction to the Writing Life (A Writer's Digest  Publication).
Jan. 2002

Pamelyn Casto and Geoff Fuller.  "4  Simple Steps to Short Fiction That
Shines."  Writer's Digest.   October 2002 issue

Pamelyn Casto and Geoff Fuller.  "Give Your  Tales a Twist." (a
feature-length article on writing twist endings).   Writer's Digest Yearbook:
Guide To Writing Fiction Today, December 2002  issue.

The Flash Fiction Online Writing  Workshop & Critique Group Admin: Pam Casto  [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Participation required (no browsing or  lurking), members must be 18 or over,
use real names, and must not use the  list for advertising, spamming,
solicitation, or flaming. Once your  application is received/ approved you'll
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guidelines, however).

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as there's an opening. New members are added as present  members  leave.

For nonfiction short-shorts  (nonfiction work 1,000 words or less), including
short memoirs, creative  nonfiction, essays, slice-of-life vignettes,
and haibun. Participation  required. TO JOIN: send a blank email message  to
You will then receive workshop  guidelines. Administrator: Debi  Orton
FLASHXer-- The Flash Fiction Online Exercise List  (free)

Participation is required (no  lurking or browsing) and all members use their
real names. TO JOIN send a  blank email message to
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To publish your flash literature news I need *all* the info  below. And you
must send your news yourself. (See format samples in  newsletter, too.)

Before sending to me, check to make sure your URL/  link is typed correctly.
If I receive a URL that won't connect I can't  publish your news.  All
publishing news must have a URL or link to the  publication (unless it's a
print publication with no 'net  site).

This newsletter is for publishing news for work 1,500 words or  fewer
(including flash fiction, sudden fiction, fast fiction, short-short  creative
nonfiction, short-short memoirs, haibun, prose poetry, flash  plays).

If you have appropriate publishing news send me a brief note  at
[EMAIL PROTECTED] and always follow the
directions below (or  model your note on those in the Flash Literature
Publishing News segment of  the newsletter).

1. Label message:  Flash News
2. Include your  full name (if you publish under a pen name be sure to tell
me which name to  use in the newsletter).
3. Include your email address (don't leave this  out)
4. Include your flash literature title(s)
5. Tell me where/ when  your work was published (include URL ALWAYS-- and
send full URL (e.g., ) (Unless it's a print
publication with no 'net  site.)

Print publications often don't have URLs or 'net sites and if  they don't, I
can publish your news without them. But print publications  are the only
exceptions. All others need the full and correct (and  double-checked) URL/

No attachments. Send your news via  regular plain text email. Please send in
above format or I can't publish  your news.

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