Amalfi Coast TunnelEarly 2017 brought several surprises:
“These Boots of Ours” was shortlisted for The Bath Flash Award; “The Way We Weren’t” is on the long list over at Reflex Fiction; “The Memory of Elephants” and “Better This Way” scored in the top ten in Molotov Cocktail’s recent Flash Rage contest. Several other acceptances (both print and online, flash and short story) have put me solidly over the halfway mark to one hundred credits. I also have a non-fiction piece about the linguistics in Arrival on Dan Koboldt’s Science in Sci-Fi blog. Let’s say 2017, with all of its ups and downs, has been kind to me.

Rusty Was a Good Dog


Update: 21 April 2017
The holidays slowed me down, but not for long–my fingers started twitching again as soon as the new year rang in, and sending ALL the submissions resulted in a happy 20 April (four pieces accepted!). Very pleased to still be reading for Syntax & Salt, still delighting in a wonderful symbiotic relationship with the members of FlashForce5 (or 6 or 4), and still coming up with story idea after story idea. In a few months, I’ve lost a dog, bummed around Naples scoping out Danny Jones’ childhood haunts, and visited my dear grandmother in hospice. An emotional time, but emotions are the lifeblood of a writer, aren’t they? As for my writing career news, it’s this: I am now represented by the amazing Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. A good move, I think.

Publications (those in bold red available now!)

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January 2018

“These Boots of Ours” Bath Flash Fiction Award (shortlisted, print)

“One Last Endless Summer” Succor (print)

“Little Girl Lost” Succor (print)

November 2017

“The Crying Room” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

“Mezzanine” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

“Absorption” Vine Leaves Literary Journal (print)

June 2017

“Night / Sand / Castles” The Nottingham Review

“Neverland” Sick Lit Magazine

May 2017

“The Apostate’s Daughter” Five 2 One Magazine (print)

“Echo” Typehouse Magazine

“The Way We Weren’t” Reflex Fiction (longlisted, further news pending)

April 2017

“The Memory of Elephants” The Molotov Cocktail (5th place in the Flash Rage Contest)

“Better This Way” The Molotov Cocktail (9th place in the Flash Rage Contest)

“Correspondence” Lost Balloon

“Smallness” The Airgonaut

“Seven Pieces Hang from a Hook on the Door” Tigershark

March 2017

“How to Bake a Heart” Star 82 Review

“Balancing Act” Syntax & Salt Magazine 2017 Staff Issue

“I Am Lazarus” Syntax & Salt Magazine 2017 Staff Issue

“Linguistics in Arrival” Dan (non-fiction/analysis)

February 2017

“Solomon Grundy Waits to Die” Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow (Bonus: Audio included, read by the fabulously talented Duncan Stanbury!)

“The Substance of Us” Ink In Thirds

January 2017

“Pillow Talk at the Water Cooler: Wednesday Afternoon”
2nd place in Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest

“Wernicke 27X” The Molotov Cocktail (4th place in the Flash Doom Contest)

“Earth Tones” Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

December 2016

“The New Yorkers of Tidewater” New South Jounal

“Sewage” The Nottingham Review

“Rule of Three” 200CCs

“Separation” After the Pause

“Honeymoon at the Pont des Arts: Saturday” Firefly Magazine

November 2016

“A Helpful Phrasebook for Tourists Traveling to Cuba During the Nation’s Time of Mourning” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

“Not All Points of Sail are Equal” Ad Hoc Fiction

“Delicate Work” Ink in Thirds

“The Man Who Did Nothing” (short story) Front Porch Review

“The Definition of Us” Ad Hoc Fiction (Go to the “Winners” tab and scroll down to read this piece.)

“My Name Ends with Me” Microcosms

October 2016

“It’s My Party and I’ll Scry if I Want To” (hon. mention, 200 CCs Halloween contest)

“You Owe Me” The RPD Society (2nd place, Going Postal Epistolary Contest)

August 2016

“Go Badgers” Defenestration Magazine

“Cat Burglar” Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow (Bonus: Audio included, read by the fabulously talented Duncan Stanbury!)

“Life in the No Flex Zone” Ad Hoc Fiction (Go to the “Winners” tab and scroll down to read this piece.)

June 2016

“I Am a Spectrogram” Pidgeonholes

May 2016

“Camp Tramp Stamp” 200CCs

“I Am Lazarus” Apocrypha & Abstractions

“Prick, Sting, Wait” Vine Leaves Journal

April 2016

“Diprosopus” Syntax & Salt

“Balancing Act” Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

“Teratology 101: A Handbook for New Mothers in the Monster Age” Defenestration Magazine

March 2016
“Ways to Make Me Leave You” Pidgeonholes (Aught/Naught Issue)

January 2016
Porphyria’s Tricolor (Or, That Browning Poem in Blue, White, and Red) Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

Circles Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow

Alice’s Address Book Maudlin House

December 2015
Seven Periods and a Bell” Youth Imagination Magazine

Mrs. Armstrong Counts her Chickens Defenestration

Alice’s Armoire Maudlin House

1967 After the Pause

heat/wave/length After the Pause

November 2015
Out, spot Five2One Magazine’s The Sideshow

Six Sounds Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry

Alice’s Atlas Maudlin House

The Honey Clusters Bethlehem Writers Roundtable

Renaissance Town Duckbill Anthology

October 2015
The Gazing Glass The Fable Online

House for Sale Pidgeonholes

Me and Ol’ Blue Drunk Monkeys

September 2015
Debt” Saturday Night Reader (Sadly, SNR has shut down effective 19 October. Sorry, folks!)

August 2015
We Don’t Want Any Platform for Prose

April 2015
Days to Go before I Sleep” The Molotov Cocktail  Want the print version?
It’s now available on Amazon in the Prize Winners Anthology!

Contests and Other Nice Things


“These Boots of Ours”

Shortlisted, Bath Flash Award

“The Way We Weren’t”

Longlisted, Reflex Fiction’s Inaugural Flash Competition

“The Memory of Elephants”

5th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Rage Contest

“Better This Way”

9th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Rage Contest

“Wernicke 27X”

4th Place, The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Doom Contest


“Pillow Talk at the Water Cooler: Wednesday Afternoon”

2nd place, Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest


nomination for Best of the Net (via Syntax & Salt)

“Not All Points of Sail Are Equal”

nomination for Best Small Fictions (via Ad Hoc Fiction)

“My Name Ends with Me”

Winner, Microcosms 44. Prompts: “reporter,” “Martha’s Vineyard,” “Crime”

“The Definition of Us”

Winner, Ad Hoc Fiction. Prompt word: “cast”

“Life in the No Flex Zone”

Winner, Ad Hoc Fiction. Prompt word: “flex”

Various pieces

Close-but-no-cigar shoutouts from The Molotov Cocktail for their Flash Felon and Flash Icon pretty much every single one of their contests.


Editor’s Choice for the April 2016 issue of Syntax & Salt

“The Honey Clusters”
Honorable Mention (4th Place) Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

“Days to Go before I Sleep”
Honorable Mention, Molotov Cocktail Flash Fool Contest

“In the Bleak Midwinter”
1st place, Scribophile Group-Sponsored contest

Stay tuned.  More coming soon.