Posts Tagged ‘flash fiction’


Bwa-Ha! Some hot woman-on-writing action

February 22, 2009

Multi-SCWC-topic award winning conferee, columnist and upcoming debut author with her novel Freezer Burn (Echelon Press), Gayle Carline is also a runner-up in the recent WOW-Women on Writing Summer 2008 Flash Fiction Contest. Besides making her piece, “Quarter Life,” available for reading, they conducted an interview with Gayle that’s also well worth the read.

Also, Gayle won for the third time a Topic Award for her flash fiction at last weekend’s San Diego 23 conference. Be sure to pop over and read her entry, “Home to Roost.”



KYSL SD23: Julie Ann Shapiro

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Julie Ann Shapiro is loads of fun. That much I can say personally, as she’s one of our workshop leaders I’ve spent some time talking to. And she’s also a leading voice for modern flash fiction, a genre that claims for itself an impressive historical roster.

Her short stories have appeared in many, many magazines, reviews, and journals; MSG counted thirty-eight before he stopped counting, so pardon me, please, if I don’t recite them all. Suffice to say, it’s an impressive list. (The complete list, or something close, is available at her website.) And she’s also the author of Jen-Zen and the One Shoe Diaries, a novel published in 2007. And, hey, she even popped up in USA Today last year, talking about Amazon’s Kindle.

Ms. Shapiro will lead a workshop on “Flash Fiction: The Ultra-Quick Story Market“.



Freaky-weird flash fiction contest

July 31, 2008

Weird Tales: The Original Magazine of Unique, Fantastic & Bizarre is having a contest that sounds rather fun for all you flash fictionalists (you out there Julie Ann?). Write a short-short story of 500 words or less inspired by something in your spam box. Oddly enough, there’s no submission fee. Here’s the details:

Write a flash-fiction story — under 500 words — based on a spam you’ve received. Send your story, along with the headline that inspired it, to before 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. The Weird Tales editorial team will judge them, and three winners will be announced at the Weird Tales reception on Friday, Aug. 8 at the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver!

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will all be published online at the week of August 11. The first- and second-place winners will also receive three free issues of Weird Tales; and the first-place winner will also receive an autographed copy of Ekaterina Sedia’s incredible new novel The Alchemy of Stone.

(UPDATE! If you’ve thrown away all your own spam, writer Adam Israel has compiled a humongous collection of spam headlines here. Be forewarned that adult language abounds therein.)

Good luck!