Last week I shared an essay from “Fringe” magazine which ceased publication in 2014. This week, I’ve got something from “Pank” which (shockingly and sadly) will stop publishing new work online this year, and their last print issue will be spring 2016. I’ve read “Pank” for years and am incredibly sad to see them go, but I know the fabulous folks who adorn their masthead will carry on in their amazing work in the world of writing.
Go read all kinds of things from “Pank” in their final year. But maybe start with Kara Vernor’s “Four Hands.”
**UPDATE: Pank did not stop publishing after all. I learned that they’d be staying open not long after this post but forgot to mention until now. They’re still there! Go read more from them!
A new short, short story of mine is up in the September issue of Gravel Literary Magazine. Go check out “The Lawn Mower“!
Also, another story of mine was published in Kentucky Review back in May, so feel free to check out “Who’s There” too!
I know I’ve posted a link to Kathy Fish’s work before. She really is adept at the flash fiction form. She’s nailed it time and time again, and this one is no exception.
Go read Kathy Fish’s “Strings” published by New World Writing.
Go read “Milk” by Steve Edwards, published by Whiskeypaper.
Go read “Prescott, Presley, Preston” by Matt Bell, published by jmww.
Go read “The Line” by Rose Thoman. It was runner up in the WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2013 Flash Fiction contest.
Go read “Engagement” by Darrin Doyle, published by Newfound Journal.
Go read “Mermaids” by Justin Lawrence Daugherty and published by Gigantic Sequins.
Almost two years ago, I took an online writing workshop that focused on writing flash fiction. One of the publications we were encouraged to read was The Collagist, and with good reason. One of the pieces of flash we studied was this one, and I still think it’s a great example of the short, short story form. It’s a story that, honestly, could have gone on much longer. It could have been infused with more scenes, more backstory, more character examination. But I don’t think that adding “more” would have done anything for the effect. It just would have been more words, which isn’t always necessary.
Go read “The Air Must Circulate” by Renee E. D’Aoust, published in The Collagist.
This particular story is one of the briefest things I’ve ever read that completely blew me away.
You have time to read this. Trust me.
“Hard Time,” by Courtney Watson, published by 100 Word Story