“Lies”

To my kids I’m telling piles of lies: That the Abyssinians peed in the burial urns of their...

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“Tat”

“It looks like cancer,” Mildred said over the scratchy cell phone. “She’s covered with it. Incorrigible! What is...

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“High School Reunion of the Dead”

Larger every year. Not just suicides or accidents now—no slight to you, Nicky or Doug or Jeanette—yeah, the ice is melted and your...

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Quick Flashes from Novels

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Novel Flash: The Ten Thousand Things

The times are turning bad again. I have been arrested for going to see a private art collection. Can you believe it? An old man of nearly...

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Ask an Agent Series: Kimberley Cameron

Kimberley Cameron is the President at Kimberley Cameron & Associates, For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we...

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“Why We Read”

A skeleton key is created by eliminating certain ridges and notches. By stripping the key down so it fits only one of many necessary...

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Interviews

What Are Editors Looking For?

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Ask an Editor Series: Jim Hicks & Emily Wojcik

Jim Hicks is the Executive Editor of the Massachusetts Review, and director of the Graduate Program  in Comparative Literature at the...

Recent Reviews

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A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us

Families Among Us by Blake Kimzey (Black Lawrence Press, 2014) One need only look at the back cover of Blake Kimzey’s Families...

Looking for Recommendations on What to Read?

A List of Flash Fiction Collections

FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION: TIPS FROM EDITORS, TEACHERS, AND WRITERS IN THE FIELD,  edited by Tara Masih, Rose Metal Press,...

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The Story Behind the Story

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The Story Behind the Story: “Snowbirds”

Homesickness prompted the writing of "Snowbirds" as I was living in Australia when I wrote this and I missed the cold, quiet...

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“Giving Readers Something To Love”

If a flash has been workshopped, it has become accustomed to unique attention—that of a handful of writers giving it their...

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