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Flash! (AAAAAAHHHH!)

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Fiction, not Gordon, but I couldn’t resist.

OK, it has been a while (again!), but I’m back and this time I have a little list of places for you to send your fantastic flash fiction. While I haven’t actually tried any of these outlets myself, they look like stellar publications and I certainly plan to submit to each of them in the near future.

So, if like me you spent the colder months of the year writing, why not take advantage of the fact that it’s now (finally) spring and get some of it out there!

First up is Nanoism, and billing itself as “a place for twitter fiction” it should be a prime target for all your micro-shorts.

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Nanoism is “the longest running twitterzine”, and they pay their contributors!

Published on their website as well as in occasional anthologies, stories at Nanoism sometimes have a slightly confessional feel to them, such as Drew Knapp’s:

You leave the perfect amount of water in your nightstand glass each morning to feed my orchid.

Yet they also showcase a range of surprising, scary, and even poetic micro stories like this offering from Trevor Pyle:

He spoke in a harried whisper. About things he’d seen. About fears that tightened his stomach like a vise.

On the other end, a dial tone.

Although submissions are limited to Twitter’s strict 140 character length, Nanoism accepts all genres with a particular interest in literary fiction, so there’s really nothing to stop you from giving them a go. Besides, the challenge of writing twitfic can be fun (I previously blogged about it here and again here), you retain all the rights to your story and you even get paid!

What’s not to like? Get writing now people, and then get it in to Nanoism.net! At last look they were accepting unsolicited stories all year round, but make sure to check out their submissions page for latest info and guidelines.

Also, they have a Twitter account (obviously!) @nanoism, and welcome tweet-based contact.

Next up is Flash Fiction Magazine, a website that publishes one flash story a day, delivering it straight to reader’s inboxes, while also publishing the occasional ebook collection of the very best submissions.

Accepting stories between 300-1000 words in length, Flash Fiction is open to all genres except erotica (adult themes/content are/is fine in service to an actual story), although they also mention that children’s fiction probably won’t find a home on their site. Apart from that, have at it! Once again, you retain all the rights although it is important to note that they will not accept previously published works, and yes – your blog counts. So be careful.

While I am definitely a fan of micro flash, there is no doubt that the larger word limit at Flash Fiction Magazine allows for some great character/world development and I would strongly encourage you to check out their website and read some of the stories there whether you plan to submit or not. You won’t be disappointed.

Have a look at their submissions page for all the latest info for writers, and you can tweet at them here: @flashficmag.

Finally, there’s NANO Fiction, a “non-profit literary journal that seeks to cultivate the genre of flash fiction by creating opportunities for emerging writers to achieve national recognition through [their] website, print publication, and educational events.” Wow!

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NANO Fiction Vol. 5 No. 2

Founded in 2006, NANO is both an outlet for flash fiction authors and a resource for writers and readers everywhere publishing regular musings on the state of flash fiction in the world today which are definitely worth a read. In addition, their website hosts writing prompts and competitions as well as monthly featured stories showcasing some of the very best flash out there.

With both print and e-versions of past issues available, NANO accepts submissions under 300 words in any or no genre but, for their 10th edition, they are especially on the look out for work that explores “milestones and transitions”, experimenting with form while still balancing narrative. Check out their online catalogue for some inspiration and a lot of fun reads (you’ll have to dig through the events listings to find the stories/readings, but they are there).

In addition, NANO also host the NANO prize, currently open for submissions and with a first place prize of $1000. Not too shabby, eh?

Their submission page with details of both the NANO prize and their general submission rules can he found here: http://nanofiction.org/submit And you can follow them on Twitter here: @NANOFiction.

I don’t know about you, but I suddenly have the urge to get writing…

That’s all for now, internet.

Thanks for playing!

*Obviously (I hope!) all of the stories quoted here are used in this blog post in good faith with no claim to copyright. They remain the property of their respective authors/publishers.

Vestigial Tales: Short stories in 140-odd characters

With Christmas approaching, I just wanted to take this opportunity to gratuitously remind you that the ebook version of my collection of micro short fiction, Vestigial Tales, can be yours for just 99c!

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It makes a great virtual Christmas gift for those people you can’t be bothered to go out and buy an actual Christmas gift for.

Don’t say I never do anything nice for you.

TTFN, internet!

Free review copies of Vestigial Tales

Would anybody like a free .epub or .mobi copy of my micro short story collection Vestigial Tales? I have a limited number to give away.

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If, after you’ve read it, you’d like to write a review for your blog/Amazon/goodreads/Kobo, then so much the better but I don’t need a guarantee.

You can find more info about Vestigial Tales here.

Just fill out the form below if you’re interested and I’ll email you a copy asap.

That’s it.

TTFN, Internet.

Vestigial Tales: Short stories in 140-odd characters

Huzzah! Vestigial Tales, my ebook of flash fiction, is here at last!

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Published by Legends, the fiction imprint of Ichabod Press, Tales is already up on Amazon (link) and will be appearing elsewhere shortly. Plus, there’s a paperback version in the works too.

A massive thank you to everyone who worked with me on this, especially Maria Astakhova, who produced several beautiful illustrations for the book.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher’s website:

“From the crew of a spaceship burning up upon re-entry to one woman’s sad musings over a lonely dead fish, quick-fire pick-up lines that don’t quite have the desired effect or crazed, murderous rants by an accountant pushed the edge, Vestigial Tales presents the reader with unforgettable characters and all manner of strange and fantastical worlds explored through 106 short stories each just 140 characters in length.

Inspired by the writings on his Twitter account, Liam Aidan’s distilled stories cast shadows of much larger worlds that don’t actually exist, the worlds the tales elude to but never fully describe, igniting the reader’s imagination in the process. From wry observational commentary to outright absurdity, Aidan switches between genres and styles ensuring Vestigial Tales contains something to delight everyone.

With original illustrations by Maria Astakhova, and a first line index of all the stories included at the back, Vestigial Tales is a must-have for all fans of flash and micro fiction.”

I’ll post more links as they become available, along with more assorted ramblings, of course.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, unless “forgetting” is your way of politely declining. In which case, carry on.

Book Cover Reveal!

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BOOM: Vestigial Tales has a cover! We’re one step closer to the actual release.

This short book of my flash fiction is being published by Legends, the fiction imprint of Ichabod Press and is due to appear in ebook form later this month with a paperback version following in due course.

Containing 106 short stories of no more than 140 characters each and lovely original illustrations by Maria Astakhova, I can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

Watch this space for more news and, of course, links to the actual book!

Micro Update

Hello! Just me, here with a micro-update on on travel and, of course, Vestigial Tales.

We’re back from Toronto, where we had a wonderful time and, amongst many other exciting adventures, visited our friend’s new brewery in Guelph! It’s called Royal City Brewing Company and you can read more about it in this recent(ish) article from the Guelph Mercury.

The day we we there, they had literally just received their official brewing license from the Ontario government and were hard at work on their first brew. Unfortunately that meant there wasn’t any beer available to taste, but I have heard very good things from friends who tried test samples earlier this year and I am sure it’s only a matter of time before Royal City Brew becomes a popular tipple.

If you’re in or near Ontario, be sure to check them out.  You can follow them on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

While we were away, I was also emailed the third illustration for Vestigial Tales, and it looks great! I wish I could share them all with you now but I’m just going to have to wait until the book is published later this year.

If you haven’t already, please check out the very talented Maria Astakhova whose own blog can be found here.

Right, that’s it for now. We’re off to Chicago later this week and California after that. I will throw more web-based ramblings your way when I get the chance.

Until then keep doing whatever makes you smile, unless it’s particularly immoral, in which case you might want to practice a little restraint.

Found an illustrator

Huzzah! Following my last post in which I was desperately looking for an illustrator, I am incredibly pleased to announce that I have now found one.

*Drumroll, please*

Ladies, gentlemen, and those free from such limited binary concepts, please say a big hello to the incredibly talented Maria Astakhova.

Maria will be providing illustrations for a dozen of the 106 stories (not 120 as I previously mistakenly stated) that will appear in my flash fiction collection Vestigial Tales when it is published later this year. Kind, highly experienced and really rather good, you can see more of Maria’s work on her blog duckandwhite.

I am so excited to have Maria on board and I cannot wait to see her finished work next to the stories. Give her blog a follow and check back here for more updates soon.

 

Looking for an illustrator…

My first blog post and already I am asking you for something. Namely, I am looking for an illustrator (or illustrators) to produce a dozen or so drawings for my upcoming collection of flash fiction, Vestigial Tales.

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The collection is going to be published by Ichabod Press and will exist initially as an ebook before a print version is made available later this year or early 2015. It will contain about 120 stories each no more than 140 characters long. In order to make the book a little more visually interesting, I’d like to commission illustrations to accompany about twelve of these micro shorts, the catch is that I don’t have very much money with which to do so (quelle surprise).

Are you an illustrator? Do you know an illustrator? Do you think, given the promise of say $50/£50, you might like to try your hand at becoming an illustrator? These are the questions I put to you, and anyone else who will listen. If you think you know someone who might be interested in helping me out then please share this post with them and direct them to my Twitter @Liam_Aidan for more examples of my flash fiction shorts.

I am happy to discuss what I am looking for and share the stories in question with anyone who enquires via either the contact form below or through Twitter.

So, who wants to draw me some pictures?