Friday, December 3, 2010

Finally: Slush Pile Completed

It took much, much longer than anticipated even given our two-month extension, but I finally emailed the last author a few minutes ago. All authors have been notified of their submissions' status, whether it be accepted or rejected. So if you submitted a story to us prior to August 31, 2010 and have not heard back, please query at

We received 388 submissions for the S/F/H issue and narrowed it down to 5. Keep your eye out for the issue, debuting online New Year's Eve!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Flash Me Magazine NEWS!

After much debate, we have decided to postpone our October 31st issue. It's our final issue before our indefinite hiatus, and we want to take the time to do a proper send-off. As we are still knee-deep in submissions, we thought the best decision would be to publish it on December 31st, giving us two months to finish the issue. That will allow us to keep providing the editorial feedback we're famous for, without sacrificing quality.

So, our new deadlines are as follows:

We should finish reading through the slush by November 15th. Final voting on held submissions will be completed by November 19th so that we can have all final notifications emailed out before the U.S.'s Thanksgiving Day.

We will then have a full month for contracts and formatting, and be able to offer both readers and authors the highest quality issue.

Our staff will begin sending notification emails to all authors awaiting a reply from us. If you do not receive an email by October 15th, please query.

Thank you,

***TO CLARIFY: We will be sending notifications of the publication date change over the next week and if you have a story still in our slush pile and do not receive this special notification email by October 15th, please query. That may mean that your original submission has been misplaced, or that you should have received a rejection letter from us already. These special notification emails will only be sent to stories we are holding for voting and stories we have not previously rejected. That way all authors are notified of the new publication date and understand that we are still considering their stories.***

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Quick Update

We are still hip-deep in submissions, so our original response date of September 25th has been pushed back now to October 10th. We still have 120 submissions left in our inbox to review.

Please bear with us...

Thank you,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

SFH Slush Pile Update

Well, it's been a while since we've updated the blog, and that's partially because we've been overwhelmed with submissions. The submission deadline was August 31, 2010, and we are now officially on hiatus and no longer accepting any submissions for future issues.

I don't have any final tallies for the SFH issue because we've had to ask a few authors to send us corrected submissions. We're giving them a few days to get back to us. Here are the stats I do know:

We have received and logged 387 official submissions so far, but that number may go up before we're through. We have held 10 stories for voting and rejected 150. The editors are currently reviewing 11 submissions right now, with submissions received between June 18 and July 8. We have 216 submissions sitting in our inbox. We will work our way through them by the end of the month.

We hope to do final voting on or before October 5th, so if you're one of the lucky authors who has a story held for voting, we'll let you know as soon as we've made a decision. We have to get through the entire slush pile first.

That's all for now...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Unfortunate News

After our October Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror issue, Flash Me Magazine will be taking an indefinite hiatus.

As the Editor-in-Chief and publisher, I am responsible for making sure each issue is published and our authors are paid. In 2011, I will be relocating overseas for three years, and I fear all of my traveling would affect the publication schedule. I would rather close things down while I am away than let the magazine’s quality suffer.

Our final issue will be October 31, 2010, and we are still accepting submissions for that special S/F/H issue until August 30th. Until then, we will be contacting all authors with submissions in our slush pile for the January 2011 issue, which will no longer be published. Those stories have not been reviewed yet, and may now be sent to other markets. We will no longer be accepting new subscription purchases, and we will contact current subscribers regarding their options.

If you have any questions or concerns about how this hiatus affects you, your work, or your subscription, please contact me at with the word QUERY in your subject line and I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

This was a very hard decision for me, but I believe it’s in the magazine’s best interests. We hope you enjoy our final two issues.


July Issue Online Early

I will be out of town tonight, so I put the July issue online a day early.

It contains stories by Igor Teper, Keri Clark, Rabia Gale
and Catherine Russell, with bonus stories by Sarahlyn S. Bruck, Michael Guillebeau, and Stephen V. Ramey. We hope you enjoy.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally finished

We are finally finished wading through the July slush pile. We still have to do final voting in a few weeks, but I'm giving the staff a much needed break until then.

The stats:

2 accepted, 7 held for voting, 14 sent for rewrites, 2 wihdrawn, and 330 rejected. We will choose 4-6 stories for the issue and will notify authors and send out final contracts on or before July 10th.

All authors who submitted something for the regular issue between March 2nd and June 5th should have heard something from us by now. If not, please query.


Almost Done!

We are almost done with the July Submissions:

We have accepted 2 submissions so far, held 7 for voting, sent 13 back for rewrites, and had 2 withdrawn. We have 24 submissions before the editors right now, have rejected 306 as of today, and have 1 left in our inbox.

We are currently reviewing the last of the submissions.

If you submitted a story for the July issue before May 30th and have not heard from us, please query asap.

We will return to S/F/H submissions after July 15th. This July issue took far longer than anticipated due to an overwhelming amount of last-minute submissions.

Thank you,

Monday, June 14, 2010

July Slush Pile

As we work our way through the last of the submissions for the July issue, I'll be posting more frequent updates.

We have accepted 2 submissions so far, held 4 for voting, sent 12 back for rewrites, and had 2 withdrawn. We have 13 submissions before the editors right now, have rejected 261 as of today, and have 61 left in our inbox.

We are currently reviewing stories received between May 15th and May 21st.

If you submitted a story before May 14th and have not heard from us, please query asap.

Thank you,

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Corrected July Slush Pile Stats

The Editor-in-Chief is back in charge after a month-long absence.

I left things in the hands of my very capable Senior Managing Editor, Elizabeth Hull, and though we had a few minor snafus, over all things went smoothly during my absense.

We had a few staff absences while I was away, most notably our admins, and our inboxes and logs got a bit mixed up. I've gone through them all, straightened everything out, and am pleased to announce that though the submission numbers posted here on the blog were inaccurate during my absence, we seem to have all submissions accounted for. I don't think we've misplaced any.

The quarter ended at midnight on June 1st, but due to a bit of miscommunication, a few slipped in after the deadline and we've decided to keep them. Check your receipt email to verify which issue your story is being considered for.

We received a total of 355 submissions for the July issue:

We have accepted 2 submissions so far, held 3 for voting, sent 11 back for rewrites, and had 2 withdrawn. We have 21 submissions before the editors right now, have rejected 234 as of today, and have 82 left in our inbox. We hope to finish those this coming week. We have all staff on hand and are looking for more editors, as well.

We are currently reviewing stories received between May 4th and May 16th.

If you submitted a story before May 4th and have not heard from us, please query asap.

Thank you,