Monday, September 28, 2009

Flash Fiction Boot Camp

Flash Fiction Boot Camp is a 12-day intensive course for serious writers taught by the Editor-in-Chief of Flash Me Magazine, Jennifer Dawson. She is joined by Flash Me Magazine's Senior Managing Editor, Elizabeth Hull.

Each participant must have three unpublished short stories under 1200 words that they have submitted and had rejected from at least one market prior to enrolling in this course. The goal is to have stories you feel are ready for publication, and proof of that is a collection of rejection letters. If you don't have any rejection letters, start submitting!

Every participant will:

1) have one story edited offline by the instructor
2) have one story reviewed online by peers
3) use one story in a variety of exercises
4) be challenged to write new stories through daily writing exercises.

At the end of each session, selected stories may be published in the Special Features section of Flash Me Magazine. We selected seven boot camp stories from the first session, and five from the second session.

Click here to see what past participants had to say.

The next session will be February 1-12, 2010. Interested participants must register between December 15th and January 15th.

Participation will be limited to the first fifteen people, so sign up early. Tuition for this session will be $25 US. Discounted rates are available to FMM paid subscribers, to members of the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and to those who register before December 31, 2009.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


I'll post a reminder in December.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Slush Pile Update

We are now working on the slush pile for next year's January issue. Submissions have been trickling in since August 1st, even though we were focusing on the October issue during that time.

As of now, we've received 37 submissions. Eleven are before the editors, and 26 are still in our inbox.

We have three new editors that we're breaking in, and we have lost our long-time editor, Jennifer Crow. She retires as our Managing Editor, and we will miss her greatly. It's a time of transitions and changes, but we're still committed to providing an exceptional market for flash fiction stories.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Final Fantasy Issue Update

We have notified all authors on fantasy issue submissions. If you haven't heard from us by tonight, please query.

FMM Staff

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fantasy Slush Update

We have finished our end-of-quarter voting and have selected seven stories for the upcoming Fantasy issue. One was accepted outright and the author was notified months ago, while the other six were chosen from our "held for voting" pile and have not yet been notified. We're reviewing them for any suggested changes prior to sending out the acceptance letters. This may take a few days - perhaps as long as a week.

Everyone else should have received their rejection letters. If you had a story held for voting and haven't heard back yet, that's good news;) If you did not receive a notice that we were holding your story for voting, and you haven't received a rejection letter yet, please query asap.

FMM Staff

Monday, September 7, 2009

Still looking for a few editors...

If you enjoy reading flash fiction and have time to volunteer, Flash Me Magazine is still looking for a few new editors. We receive an average of 300 submissions per quarter, and have been short-handed for the last six months.

We are also looking for another publishing assistant.

If interested, visit our website for the job descriptions and how to apply.

Now is the perfect time to join our staff - we're wrapping up the end of one quarter and are about to begin a new one;)


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Submission Deadlines

We have decided to make a change in our submission deadlines each quarter, so that we have more time to review submissions, do our end-of-quarter voting, and format the issues. Our original submission deadlines were March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. We are pushing the deadlines up to the beginning of those months. We will still be open to submission year-round, but our deadlines for each particular issue will be March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

The submission deadline for our next issue, the January 2010 issue, is now December 1, 2009.

We did this in part because we are short-handed, and our attempts to find more editors have come up empty. So if you would like to join our staff, please check out our open positions on how to apply.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Almost Done

We are almost done wading through the slush pile for the fantasy issue.

We have 1 accepted story and 12 held stories. We still have 22 submissions to read through.

FMM Staff

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fantasy Issue Now Closed to Submissions

We didn't receive as many submissions as we'd hoped, but there are enough to compile a spectacular fantasy issue. In total, we received 168 submissions:

We have accepted 1, held 10 for voting, and have rejected 112. We still have 25 before the editors, and 20 more in our inbox.

We should finish wading through the slush this week. Final voting on held submissions will be on the 10th. All authors should be notified no later than the 17th.

FMM Staff