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!
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.