Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Updated Subscription & Submission Guidelines

Here's how to Subscribe and/or Submit your work to A Flasher's Dozen -- a 20-30 page quarterly chapbook containing 13-17 pieces of Flash Lit.

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An annual subscription is $15 for four issues (plus $8 postage for non-residents of the US). We also offer a Next Issue Subscription for $5.00 (plus $2 postage for non-residents). Beginning with The Autumn Issue, annual subscribers will also receive The Lone Flasher, a collection of Flash Lit by a single author. The Lone Flasher for Autumn is KR Mullin's "Not Quite Your Same Old Eden" - a collection of stories about Adam, Eve, Snake ... and Grandmother?

Subscriptions may be paid through PayPal to krm6343@yahoo.com or by check payable to KR Mullin, PO Box 112, Mantua, NJ 08051-0112.

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We pay $15 per published story for submissions from subscribers. Non-subscribers will be paid two copies of the issue in which their work appears. No one should submit more than one piece per issue. "Next Issue" subscribers may submit one piece before receiving the issue and another piece after receiving the issue.

The submission should be pasted into an e-mail and sent to krm6343@yahoo.com

The Subject Line should read Winter Issue: Your Story Title.

Deadlines are:
10/1/05 (for the Winter Issue)
01/1/06 (for the Spring Issue)
04/1/06 (for the Summer Issue)
07/1/06 (for the Autumn issue)

Each subscriber whose work is published will receive a check for $15, an extra copy of the issue in which the work appears, and a one-issue subscription extension.

Submissions may be fiction or memoir in any genre or combination of genres; they may be cleverly surreal or humorously absurd; they may even be prose poetry. But they must contain narrative elements, and they must display some form of wit -- cleverness, paradox, subtlety, irony, epiphany, or even enigmas gift-wrapped in conundrums.

Because The Winter Issue will officially be The Second Issue, stories about Seconds, Second-hand Items, or Second Sight will be particularly welcome though not required.

Works containing gratuitous violence, prurient sex, or censorable language should be submitted elsewhere.

Submissions must contain between 55 and 999 words. Authors must include: (1) a mailing address and (2) a brief biography to be published in the issue (including personal website information if desired). Also, non-subscribers must state that they realize they'll only receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Please do not send material that has been submitted or published elsewhere. All rights revert to the author after publication.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Cover + Contents = The Autumn Issue

Because I wanted to put a photograph on the cover of this issue of A Flasher’s Dozen, I decided that I should have the cover printed professionally. And I decided to get 500 copies on the off chance that I’d be able to distribute most of them. Everything was in place except for the ISSN number.

There’s a terrific section in one of the Hornblower novels where Horatio has to decide when to stop salvaging gold and make his safe getaway. Well, I thought of that episode while I waited for the ISSN number to arrive. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep waiting either, so I had to print the cover without the number.

I had a similar problem with The Lone Flasher, a collection of my Eden stories which will be sent to annual subscribers with The Autumn Issue. I’d been to an “art in the street” show in July and had seen a piece of artwork relating to the Garden of Eden. It was by an artist whose work we’d purchased in the past, so I asked him if I could use a detail from the print on the cover of Not Quite Your Same Old Eden, and he said that I could. He gave me his address, and I sent him a mock-up of the cover along with A Flasher’s Agreement in early July.I waited for him to return it as long as I could and then found another image for the cover.

Once the covers were at the printers, I began copying the contents and folding the pages. That’s when the copy machine started acting up, and the little red lights went on to indicate that I was rapidly running out of toner, so I had to replace the toner cartridge (over $150). Then I picked up the covers (almost $300). And tomorrow I’ll be sending checks to my authors (over $250). Then the cost of postage and copyright and . . .

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Autumn Issue is about to Fall

Because A Flasher’s Dozen is published quarterly, I have applied for an ISSN. It’s like an ISBN, but it’s specifically for “serials” -- publications that appear in a series at regular intervals. And the ISSN has a wonderful advantage over its well-known cousin: it’s available free of charge!

Meanwhile, after playing “word tennis” with most of the authors, we have arrived at mutually agreeable texts for all seventeen pieces planned for The Autumn Issue. Sixteen of the authors have returned their Flasher’s Agreements, noting any last minute adjustments to their texts or bios, and I have taken a “Flasher” photo for The Autumn Cover. So, I’m just waiting for the seventeenth agreement and our official ISSN number in order to publish and mail copies to subscribers.

And the 27 subscribers who have an annual subscription will receive a “bonus” with The Autumn Issue -- a copy of our first “chapbook” entitled “Not Quite Your Same Old Eden,” by KR Mullin -- a collection of nineteen stories about Adam, Eve, Snake ... and Grandmother?!?!

Originally, I thought this collection would be the first in a series of “books” by single authors, but then I realized that I’d need an ISBN number for each one, and, at $40 or more per book, I thought the cost would be prohibitive, especially on top of the copyright fee. Therefore, I’ve decided to launch a second “serial” in conjunction with A Flasher’s Dozen. Each issue of this second quarterly will contain a collection of works by a single author whose work has previously appeared in A Flasher’s Dozen. At the moment, I’m planning to call this quarterly “The Lone Flasher.” Then I’ll only need an ISSN number to make each issue “official.”

I’ve already gotten an agreement from my co-editor to collect some of her delightful Buck & Irma stories for the second Lone Flasher, which will be included with The Winter Issue when it’s sent to annual subscribers in November or December. Although she hasn’t decided on a title for her collection yet, the stories will be similar to the ones that can be found in The Trial Issue and The Autumn Issue.

Back issues of The Lone Flasher will be available for $7.50 each, so, if you think you might enjoy an extra helping of wit each quarter, I’d suggest that you become an annual subscriber to A Flasher’s Dozen for $15 and receive free copies of The Lone Flasher with your subscription. For subscription information, please click on the “Subscriptions & Submissions” entry in the list on the left side of this page.

And, if you’re interested in getting your flash fiction published elsewhere, I’d suggest you subscribe to Pam Castro’s free monthly newsletter, Flash Fiction Flash. All you have to do is send a blank e-mail to FlashFictionFlash-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com for lots of useful information about markets along with lists of places other subscribers have recently been published! This is an invaluable tool for writers who want to get published.