Flash Fiction Submissions
Although it is very different from the days when I would choose the thickest book in the bookstore, I am one hundred percent sold on Flash Fiction. I did not expect much when I started reading, but these writers achieve an incredible amount of emotion, action, and character in so few words that I was hooked.
Run is the first Flash Fiction piece that I wrote (it can be found in Vignettes from the End of the World ), and it was such an honor to have it chosen to be part of such a diverse and interesting collection.
Finding paying markets for these short pieces is difficult, but I have compiled a list of ten different places that accept submissions year round (or several times a year) as of May 2014. Good luck to those of you who choose to submit. I look forward to reading your stories.
*Submitter beware: I have no affiliation with these companies or knowledge about them other than what is listed on their websites.
YA Dystopia at its finest, with mystery, danger, romance and sacrifice.
“Grace Somerfield was the first to die. The first in my fourth grade class, at least.”
From the very first line, Bracken paints a vivid picture of the broken world the main character, Ruby, lives in. At the age of ten, children either die or develop strange abilities that make them a menace to society. Parents ship their surviving children off to ‘rehabilitation’ camp, and the President of the United States manages to persuade America that he needs to stay in office long after his two terms have come and gone.
Sound a little farfetched? Then you haven’t heard Bracken describe it.
A fast-paced plot and life like characters ensure that readers will keep turning pages. Even in this first book, it is already evident that Ruby’s character is growing as she overcomes the obstacles thrown at her. Liam, Chubs and Zu might be secondary characters, but they are developed in a way that readers know exactly who they are, and still want to know more. A strong ending and a powerful hook guaranteed that I couldn’t wait to start on the second book.
The Darkest Minds is the first book in Alexandra Bracken’s Darkest Minds series. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
I LOVE post apocalyptic and dystopian stories and my bookshelves (and kindle) are full of them. Even more than that, I have always been interested in the ‘story behind the story’. The best-written fiction always leaves me aching for more, and oftentimes I want to know ‘what happened before’ much more than I wonder ‘what came next’.
Apokrupha had an open submission period for an anthology titled Vignettes from the End of the World. “Show us your moment from the end of the world. Show us the tragedy, the beauty, and, of course, the horror.” All of that in 500 words or less.
I was hooked. Regardless of the outcome, I had to read this anthology.
Vignettes from the End of the World will be out sometime in 2014, and I am excited to announce that my flash fiction piece Run will be part of it.
Run came to me as most of my stories do…late at night when the house was quiet, and anyone with even the smallest amount of common sense would be sleeping. It would not be ignored, no matter how early I had to be up the next day. In a way, that makes sense. No one gets to decide what time the world ends.
Until Death by Rebecca Barbee is featured in STILL HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE. 2013
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Every thought is known by all, but secrets still are kept…
The Noise germ killed every woman in Todd’s town and enabled the survivors to hear each other’s thoughts. Todd’s upcoming birthday and the rituals that follow will make him a man, but until then, his only companion is a dog that he never wanted in the first place. Todd stumbles across something he did not believe existed, a human girl. He quickly realizes that even though he can hear the thoughts of everyone in his settlement, secrets still exist. This one might cost Todd his life.
It took me a couple of chapters before Todd’s dialect stopped bothering me. As his character developed, I couldn’t imagine the mostly illiterate boy speaking any other way. Each character in the book has a distinctive voice, but my favorite was Todd’s dog, Manchee. It is a perfect representation of how I imagine a dog talking if they actually could. There is some violence in the book, but the overall meaning of the story justifies it. The novel fits in the young adult dystopian category, but the idea is fresh and original. I can’t wait to start on the sequel.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
Come, be Queen of the Fairies and disappear forever…
Lisa, a twelve-year-old girl, enters the woods determined to become Queen of the Fairies and is never seen again. Fifteen years later, Phoebe is dating Lisa’s brother, Sam, and the mystery resurfaces. A phone call leads them to a book about Fairies, a long lost cousin returns, and the Dark Man from Phoebe’s childhood dreams comes back to haunt her. Every secret uncovered only raises more questions as Phoebe struggles to determine what is true and who can be trusted, if anyone.
Although not technically a young adult novel, portions of Don’t Breath a Word is written from the point of view of a twelve-year-old girl and is a book that I can easily see being a crossover. It is spooky, engaging, and hard to explain. While the paranormal elements of it play a large role, it is also about relationships, families, and secrets. Alternating points of view reveal the story in Phoebe’s current world, as well as Lisa’s world at the time of her disappearance. Even now that I have finished reading it, I am not entirely sure what I think, but I know that parts of the story will haunt me for a long time.
Don’t Breathe a Word is written by Jennifer McMahon. More information about the author can be found at the website listed below.
Eve by Anna Carey
A promising future turns into a living nightmare.
A plague ravishes Earth and wipes out most of the human population. The world that survives is a savage and cruel place. Eve is fortunate enough to have been rescued and brought to a girl’s orphanage. There, she is given a rich education and taught to fear all men except the king. She and the other girls are promised remarkable futures to help rebuild the world. When Eve discovers what the reality of that horrifying future is, she escapes into the wild. Eve is pursued by the king’s men and quickly realizes that nothing she has been taught is of any use in the real world. She manages to find friendship and maybe even love, but her freedom might cost Eve her life.
For me, this book had a few rough edges. The methods the king uses to keep the human race from dying out and Eve’s reactions to events in contrast with how she was raised bothered me, especially in the beginning. Despite that, the idea behind the story was intriguing enough that I decided to try to accept the story world for what it was. After I did that, it was hard to put the book down. Eve isn’t the best character in the book, but she does show the potential to do exceptional things in the rest of the series. Eve ends with a strong hook and enough unanswered questions that I definitely want to read the sequel to find out what happens next.
Eve is the first book of Anna Carey’s Eve Trilogy. More information about the author can be found at her website listed below.