Sunday, April 24, 2005

Titles and Authors in the Summer Issue

by Karen Martinson (Illinois)

When More than Innocence is Lost
by Darren Swift (Wales)

My Trial Date
by William B. Naylor (Nova Scotia)

Double Jeopardy
by Margaret B. Davidson (New York)

The Spear of the Gods
by E. N. Taylor (Australia)

Star Witness
by Sandra Seamans (Pennsylvania)

An Accidental Misfortune
by KR Mullin (New Jersey)

Shed Skin and Ashes
by Julie Ann Cook (South Carolina)

Rewarding Appreciation
by Sharon Poppen (Arizona)

The Bunny and the Hare
by Bruce Niedt (New Jersey)

Braids (for my wife)
by Samuel Weldon (Saskatchewan)

The Poet Laureate of Potter County
by Randall Brown (Pennsylvania)

by Ann Vitale (Pennsylvania)

The Smile
by G. W. Thomas (British Columbia)

by Larry Kimport (New Jersey)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Filling the Final Two Spots in The Trial Issue

I was in New Orleans last week to attend a work-related conference. When I returned, I had to choose two of the final four submissions to complete The Trial Issue. I chose

“The Smile,” an advertising satire by G. W. Thomas, a widely published author from British Columbia


“Peerless,” a tale of two art critics by Ann Vitale, a Pennsylvania writer who hasn’t previously had any fiction published

Also, I’ve decided to continue publishing A Flasher’s Dozen, and I’m delighted that Sandra Seamans has agreed to continue serving as co-editor. Because the project will continue, each of the fifteen authors in The Trial Issue will receive a complimentary one-year subscription.

If anyone is interested in receiving a copy of The Trial Issue, just send your mailing address to and, if I don’t get overwhelmed with requests, I’ll mail you one when I finish copying, folding, stapling, and trimming it.

I’ll be accepting submissions for the September Issue beginning on June 1, and I’ll publish the new submission guidelines at that time.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Three Acceptances, One Release, Two Spots to Fill

I’d gotten an e-mail from Eileen D’Angelo. She’s the spark who keeps the Mad Poets group burning brightly in the Delaware Valley. She’d contacted one of the poets whose work will appear in the next issue of Mad Poets Review and learned that he writes Flash Fiction. His name is Randall Brown, and I’d read a fantastic story by him in Ink Pot last year, so I told him about The Trial Issue. He sent us “The Poet Laureate of Potter County,” and we accepted it. It’s about an “award-winning poet” who writes poems on request for his neighbors.

We also accepted two other pieces:

“Braids” by Samuel Weldon, a nice piece about a guy who likes long hair, and
“Passengers” by Larry Kimport, an interesting study of a guy and some of the hitchhikers he picks up.

We sent mock-ups and contracts to all three authors.

Then we released one of the pieces we’d been holding, leaving us with four available pieces and two empty berths in The Trial Issue.

Unfortunately, I’ll be at a work-related conference from the 10th to the 15th, so the final decision will have to be on hold until I get back.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Submission Deadline Has Come and Gone

April 1st was the deadline for submissions to The Trial Issue of A Flasher’s Dozen.

The next deadline is May 2nd, the date by which we’ll have either accepted or released all of the 26 submissions that we received.

So far, we’ve accepted ten and released nine. That leaves us with seven stories in the “holding bin,” and it means that we’ll have to make some tough decisions during the final pare-down. We need at least thirteen stories to make a “flasher’s dozen.” I’d originally planned to include fifteen, but I’d been expecting to receive shorter pieces, and I’m not sure how many pieces I can actually cram into a sensibly sized chapbook, even using a small-font type.

Once we’ve chosen the submissions, we’ll need the paper to print it on. Toward this end, I purchased some Cover Stock at Staples last month, but it wasn’t compatible with my Laser Copier, so the print tended to smudge. Therefore, I’d needed to find Laser-friendly Cover Stock with matching 24lb text paper.

Recently Office Max had a special “brown-bag sale” in which shoppers received 15% off of all the items they could fit into an old-fashioned paper grocery bag. I spent a long time in their paper aisle trying to select the best paper I could afford. I ended up with a white stock that contained tiny, multicolored confetti randomly deposited on the surface. It was kind of cute in a celebratory way. Unfortunately, the confetti tended to “distort” the letters by adding unexpected blobs to the small font I was using, and I was disappointed with the results in spite of reassurances from several people who examined a mock-up of the first ten stories.

So, on the first Sunday in April, while searching for a new space heater to replace the one that died last week (“Sorry, but that’s a seasonal item!”) and a new outdoor lamp to replace the one that had been broken by an overly efficient snowplow last month, we stopped into a Staples and were able to locate and purchase some elegant Ivory Cover Stock as well as similarly hued 24lb text paper. Now, I’ve got the paper, the copier (a Christmas present from my wife), the saddle stapler, and the paper trimmer. Hence, I’m physically ready to produce The Trial Issue.