From The Sisters of the Scorched Soles
Committed to our writing. Keeping our feet to the fire!
The Scorch Report – October 1, 2018
Editors note: I am continually fascinated by the amount of determination it takes to sit down and keep up with this blog. There are so many amazing things going on right now…in my life, in my community, in my world. Alleghany Writers, Blue Ridge Fiber Fest, Alleghany Chamber of Commerce, AuthenticallyAlleghany.com It’s a beautiful revival of literary and cultural arts in Alleghany County. Involvement in these projects brings such joy to my life. It’s hard to pull away from playing to put words on a page!
But, I’m a working writer with a commitment. Each of the Sisters of the Scorched Soles has an assignment. Mine is this blog. If I don’t do my part, the other sisters will put a flame under my tootsies!
Jill has her short story collection and historic novel. Recent shoulder surgery has her a bit hobbled, so she’s spending time binge watching everything from drama to comedy, movies to multi-season series. Always good to study plot, character, and setting. And, when your shoulder is in a sling, it’s the best you can do.
Neda received very positive editor reviews on her historical fiction manuscript based on the life of Frederick Stowe, son of Harriet Beecher Stowe. She’s off on the next part of the process…editing, more research, market development.
While she was waiting on the editor, and since we must keep our feet to the fire, Neda decided to work on some flash fiction pieces. After some research and analysis on places to submit and what the editors want, this is her concept: A Pack of Flash.
The word count for flash stories was originally determined by what could be read while smoking a single cigarette, so Neda is working on a twenty story collection. Cigarette Stories – smoke ‘em and read ‘em. The perfect break!
Here’s one from the pack….
What kind of bird is it?
A pretty one she answered.
I like watching it fly then land so softly on its tiny little legs. They’re so cute. I like little animals, creatures.. but they have to be little.
And why is that? To fit in your tiny hands? She said it with a smile and slight chuckle.
Just little. Like Alice in Wonderland – when she drinks the bottle to get little.
Oh. She was not sure what he meant by the answer but with a slight tilt of her head she stared down at the little boy next to her, gently lifted him up into her arms and threw him against the brick wall.
He slumped over. Pigeons circled his feet and sparrows danced on his little legs.
Something for CoppertopMountaintop readers…………
Since we are all in this together, Neda is sharing her flash fiction research and links on this blog. They are freshly qualified and ready for you. If you use the links and find them useful……..let me know!
Targeted Research: (More to come in future posts.)
Flash Fiction Online
- 35,000 visitors monthly
- Past 3 years good content.
- Open to reprint submissions.
- Offer pro payment for stories (.06 per word)
- Many of staff like speculative, sci- fi. journal has that focus but tastes extend beyond that genre.
- 22,000 visitors monthly
- Stories of mass appeal.
- Categories listed on their sidebar where you can target what you want to read – it also provides insight into what they are looking for.
- Pay token ($3 per story)
- IMPORTANT: September 26th deadline for October submissions for October / Fall theme.
- 10-20,000 visitors monthly (conflicting info)
- Non-fiction flash.
- View their published authors -pretty significant.
- Looking for pieces 750 words or less.
- Pay $45 each
- 16,000 visitors monthly
- Founded by Roxanne Gay. She has a huge following
- No maximum word count on their website, but pieces tend to be shorter
- Publishing arm – Tiny Hardcore Press