Flash fiction?

I thought I posted a market or contest for flash fiction a few weeks ago. Thinking about that market/contest, I sat down and brainstormed some flash fiction. Now I have two pieces that may or may not be pieces of eight, but I’ve forgotten where I was going to send them. Woe!


These are not SF/F pieces, but just sorta weird everyday-type pieces. Well, OK, one is fantasy, I suppose. But isn’t all fiction fantasy? Let’s not get too technical.

Where would YOU send your flash fiction? To the bit bucket? To a website? To a particular contest?

I am simply over-clocked. Goin’ to sleep now. Will search for markets in the morning. I don’t want to just send to whatever comes up on Google, but a place that’s a “real” market (whatever that means), so when I find out, I’ll tell y’all about it. Deal?

They tore down this 1950s-era rocket slide in Heights Park a couple of months ago, citing “danger” as the reason. They didn’t care when WE fell off of jungle gyms onto our punkin heads! That slide was history! It should have gone to a sculpture garden! Now how will kids play “Star Trek” or “Apollo Astronaut” at the playground? I suppose they aren’t doing that any more, but still. *sigh*


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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