Although our open reading period for our fourth (!) issue doesn’t start for a few months, we wanted to quickly announce that in addition to traditional (and always free) submissions, we’ll also be hosting a flash fiction contest for the winter issue, so be on the lookout for details coming soon!
Congratulations to former contributor Patty Somlo, whose story “Dots” was previously featured in The Gateway Review. Her collection of short stories, The First to Disappear, has been released by Spuyten Duyvil!
Weaving together the real and the fantastic, the stories in this collection provide a window into our globally connected world. In the 18 stories in this collection, borders are broken – between fantasy and reality, the animal world and the human, the world as we have long known it, and the countries people consider home. The title story describes what happens to the all-American fruit, the apple, after longtime Latino pickers suddenly disappear. In “The Rug,” Saeed, a Muslim refugee from a war-torn African nation, places a rug purchased from Cost Plus World Market in the hotel parking lot where he works to unforeseen consequences. “Dots” shows what happens when a forest habitat disappears and monkeys move into the human world. “Bird Women” describes the search in a mythical Latin American country for half-avian/half-human creatures.
Grab a copy here!
There’s one week left to submit your work for our third issue. We’ve been inundated with more submissions than ever for regular consideration, and we’re excitedly poring through them.
We’ve also got one week left to submit competition entries–the competition isn’t quite as stiff, so if you think you’ve got a winner, send it our way!
There’s still a month left to submit to our writing competition! Details can be found here! Get those submissions polished!
Our editor-in-chief completed a short interview with Duotrope about our interests and editorial policies. Give it a read here!
For our first go at submitting to literary awards (we missed the Pushcart deadline, unfortunately), we’ve chosen the following stories for the 2016 Write Well Awards, sponsored by the Silver Pen Writers Association:
“The Theme Pastoral,” by Kristen Gipson
“Hollowed Onions,” by Emily Walling
“All the Hippies Are Dying,” by Gwendolyn Kiste
All three stories appear in Volume 1, Issue 1 (the only issue eligible, as it was the only one published in 2015).
Our first 2016 issue–the first issue of volume 2–is now available for purchase! You can pick it up here on lulu.com.