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MY FAVE FIVE- APRIL 2021

April 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew April Selector: Minyoung Lee What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

My Fave Five- March 2021

March 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew March Selector: Hannah Grieco What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

Shipwrecked on Liminal Island

I.   It tastes of darkness An inky black blurring blue   The pills leave you spinning A birch leaf perched on the surface The waters turbulent, rising all around   Observe the new confluences Know you’re in a reprieve An island for now   It is...

Under Asphalt Shingles

This is a very drafty draft. Just trying to get SOMETHING down, and loved the prompts about home.   Under Asphalt Shingles Under asphalt shingles: incandescent bulbs and dust and threadbare sofa. Expectations and limitations, routine and best-laid plans. Under...

Thank you!

An outstanding class, Jackie. Thank you. I only wish it had been two weeks instead of two days. I appreciate the feedback on my story "Filled With Promise" and hope to see it out in the world at some point. All your reading examples, essays and interviews were so...

World Traveller Translation App

I have run out of time on this one... but here is my hermit crab wip which I will continue to work on. Thank you so much to you, Jacqueline, and fellow BG writers. This was a fun challenge (but much too short). I loved how well designed the exercises/samples/prompts...

Thank You

Argh, real-life got in the way today, but I will use this second set of prompts for writing this week. I'm reading all the Day 2 pieces and they are all fabulous. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Jackie and all of you for your wonderful work and kind feedback....

Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction

Sara C. just asked a good question on Twitter and I thought I'd share the answer here. Sara C. just asked a good question on Twitter and I thought I’d share the answer here. I know of two useful lists, neither completely up to date. Lots of magazines list flash...

alt.backpackalaska (1989)

alt.backpackalaska (1989 edition) ~ everyone fears something: joe the guide Intro: Above the valley floor, Mt Doonerak’s rotting glacier calves, shrugs wet slabs away—not what the Backpack Alaska brochure pictured! Below the treeline, black spruce and willow slip down...

clarification

I feel like I must have done a good job with "India Rubber Ball Bounces" as your comments/feedback suggest that you are reading this piece as CNF. To clarify/reassure, I only write flash 'fiction'. - Karen

Things I Can’t Use

Abecedarians. I can't spell the word without Googling it. And now that I've listed all the letters on this page to write the thing, I feel overwhelmed. The alphabet is so long, and as always, I'm not sure I have enough to say. Bananas. On sale for $0.39 a pound....

Bedtime at Sleepy Ranch

When my younger son was in second grade, I, his psychologist mom, visited his class to talk about sleep. When is bedtime? During the school week it seems second graders are sent to bed anywhere from 7:30-9:30 PM, although some second graders report that they don't...

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