June Round Up (and a prize)

It struck me that updating my Shorts & Flash page every month doesn’t really work — I lose all those little monthly announcements and progress reports when I overwrite them. So I’ll try to do a blog post instead. Mostly because I like re-reading myself.

Here’s what’s up:

June continued to rock and roll, with several acceptances, including a short listed story over at Bath Flash Fiction Award (“Papaya Dreams, Runaway Girls”) inspired by my time living in the UAE. It didn’t win a prize, but I was thrilled to be in the top 20 out of 800-some odd entries.  “On the Rocks” and “Stripped” were picked up by Sediments Literary Arts Journal; “Why I Won’t Be Saying Grace at Your Dinner Party” will go live soon in Crab Fat Magazine’s Atheist Issue; “Table Manners” was Story of the Week in Fifty-Word Stories; Bull: Fiction for Men took my four-part collection “Holy Thoughts;” I’m once again on Reflex Fiction’s long list with “I Ain’t No Fairy Tale Woodcutter;” Ellipsis Zine will be publishing “Neverland;” and…drum roll…I placed FIRST in The Short Story/TSS‘s Flash 500 Competition with “Silent Sex” (which happens to be an excerpt from my novel in progress). The only bad news is that my ‘on submission’ list is beginning to wane, so I guess I’d better get my fingers moving and start hitting that Submit button.

The numbers for June:

Submissions: 7
Acceptances: 6
Rejections: 7

A complete list of publications can be found on my Shorts & Flash page. As always, thanks for reading!

Good News and Bad News

Sniff.

The good news first: I and some of my favourite flash fiction writers are now for sale on Amazon.com. Check out The Molotov Cocktail: Prize Winners Anthology for details. There’s some fantastic work in here by fellow writers Sylvia Heike, Aeryn Rudel, Fred Senese, and others.

Shiny-new dead-tree format!
Shiny-new dead-tree format!

The bad news second:

Saturday Night Reader, the magazine that published my humourous piece “Debt,” is closing its doors. It’s going to be a SAD-urday Night.

Sniff.
Sniff.

The (Bitter)sweet smell of success

Struffoli

StruffoliActually, it’s very sweet. Dripping-with-honey-and-sprinkled-with-rainbow-coloured-non-pareils kind of sweet:

My flash fiction memoir “The Honey Clusters” won an honorable mention in the 2015 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award and will be featured in their Nov/Dec 2015 issue!

The bittersweet part is in the content of the story. I wrote it shortly after this past Christmas while I still had a small plate of the traditional Italian treat called struffoli (honey clusters) remaining on the kitchen counter.

They don’t last long. They never do. Read more