“Outer Life”

While coming back to his home, the man had stopped off at a store and picked up a place mat of the...

Story of the Week

“The Impersonator”

Ray lopes through the sunlit street, the heavy wooden cross burying splinters all over his back. The crown, which took him two days to...

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Randy had run out of cigarettes again, and it was killing him.  Not a goddamn one of them was working anymore; and the mother had died in...

Suggestions & Advice for Writers

Quick Flashes from Novels


Novel Flash: Island of a Thousand Mirrors

It is 1948 and the last British ships slip away from the island of Ceylon, laboring and groaning under the weight of purloined treasure. On...

Looking for Advice from Agents?


Ask an Agent Series: Jennifer Flannery

Jennifer Flannery is the founder of Flannery Literary. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Jennifer what...

Featured Essays


“Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”

A writer is accustomed to solitude. Writing requires a certain amount of isolation in order for words to become stories, poems and essays....

Recent News


Flash Fiction International Released

Flash Fiction International (a dazzling new anthology of the best flash fiction from around the world) has finally been released!  Order...


What Are Editors Looking For?


Ask an Editor Series: Jason Jordan

Jason Jordan is the Editor-in-Chief of decomP magazine. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Jason what he typically...

Recent Reviews


A Review of Leesa Cross-Smith’s Every Kiss a War

Every Kiss a War by Leesa Cross-Smith (Mojave River Media) In Leesa Cross-Smith’s short story collection, Every Kiss a War, 27 stories...

Looking for Recommendations on What to Read?

Reading Lists: “Eight Great Writerly Novels”

The piece of writing advice that is always debated: "Write what you know." Naturally, if writers followed that advice every time...

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The Story Behind the Story


The Story Behind the Story: “Ravening Beasts”

I went to college in the South so I read a lot of Faulkner, both on my own, and also in class since I was an English major. I think I read...

Looking for Publishing Tips?


“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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