Thursday, May 19, 2005

Getting the Word Out

Last week was an activity-drenched river of days. First, I was delighted to learn that the next issue of Paragraph, one of the pioneers of micro-literature, will include two pieces by me -- a great opportunity to publicize A Flasher’s Dozen.

In search of publicity, I sent a copy of The Trial Issue to Small Press Review and would like to send a copy to Pam Castro in the hope that she’ll mention it in a forthcoming issue of Flash Fiction Flash (to get a free subscription, go to ). If anyone has suggestions of other places to get reviewed, please drop me a line: .

However, I not only need publicity, I need authors, so I went looking for some firmly established authors for whom I could find mailing addresses, and I sent them copies of The Trial Issue. Although it’s unlikely that any of them will actually send anything, there’s always the chance that one of them might take pity on a literary upstart!

Then I drove across Pennsylvania to attend the annual Pennwriter’s conference. This is a diverse group of writers whose conferences not only offer a decent set of lectures and other writerly activities but also provide access to some prestigious editors and agents. Many Pennwriters are published -- primarily in romance and mystery, it seems to me -- and many members reside beyond the borders of Pennsylvania. In fact, two of the three Pennwriters in The Trial Issue are from Area Seven (ie, outside the six regions of Pennsylvania). If you’d like to learn more, go to . At the Pittsburgh meeting, I not only gave copies of The Trial Issue to a dozen prospective authors but also pitched my latest collection of short short stories to a couple agents. Unfortunately, “nobody’s buying short story collections right now,” so it’ll be a while before you’ll be able to read all my tales of Adam and Eve.

When I returned home, I found that I’d received my first subscription check, and it came from a very symbolic source: Irv Pliskin, the man who introduced me to Flash Fiction in the summer of 2002 and the host of the FlashXer list -- a free, online exercise group (

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Subscriptions & Submissions

Having completed the layout and printed a copy of The Trial Issue, I began duplicating, folding, stapling, and trimming the pages into chapbooks. I then printed address labels and stuffed manila envelopes: two copies to each of the fifteen authors and one copy to each author whose submission had not been accepted. The total postage to Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Wales as well as eight of the United States was $33.15.

Now ... here's how to Subscribe and 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).

Subscriptions may be paid through PayPal to 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
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.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Summer Issue Authors

Randall Brown lives near Philadelphia. He’s a fiction editor with SmokeLong Quarterly, an MFA candidate at Vermont College, and a recipient of a 2004 Pushcart nomination. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including The Iconoclast, Ink Pot, The MacGuffin, Timber Creek Review, Mouseion, and Del Sol Review. Electronic samples of his work can be accessed through

Julie Ann Cook is a "Yankee gone southern.” She currently resides in South Carolina with her wonderful husband and beautiful baby boy. While graphic design helps to pay the bills, poetry and painting are her true careers. A member of, her poetry has recently appeared in Thrift Poetic Arts Journal. Her e-designs, poetry, and family photographs can be found at .

Margaret B. Davidson, born and raised in England, now resides in upstate New York. She has over two hundred short stories published in small press print and online magazines. Margaret's husband provides moral support for her writing endeavors while her cat helps with the typing. She may be reached at

Larry Kimport oversees an Alternative Education high school program serving at-risk teens in suburban New Jersey, and he coaches wrestling. He’s married with two children. He belongs to Pennwriters and enjoys writing.

Karen Martinson lives in Chicago with her cats, goes to school by day, and waits tables at night. Although she has several notebooks filled with scribblings, “Conviction” is her first submission ... and her first publication credit.

KR Mullin lives in South Jersey and works fulltime in a hospital. He is a member of Pennwriters, FlashXer, and several internet writer’s groups. His fiction has appeared in Inkburns, Inkspin, Green Tricycle, Literary Potpourri, The First Line, Planet Relish, Long Story Short, and Flashshot: Year One. He is co-editor of A Flasher’s Dozen.

William B. Naylor has been telling stories for most of his life. In the second grade. his flash version of Jack and Jill as well as a when-I-grow-up-I-wanna-be-a composition were posted in the main hall of the school along with the work of the rest of the rocket surgeons. If you want to see more of his work and his yet-to-be-published ‘My Tiny Book of Days’ check out

Bruce Niedt is a "beneficent bureaucrat" and family man from South Jersey who began writing seriously again about six years ago. Since then his work has appeared in Writers Journal, Mad Poets Review, Edison Literary Review, and miller's pond. He won the ByLine Magazine 2003 Short Fiction and Poetry Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He helps administrate the poetry community at .

Sharon Poppen was fascinated with fiction as a child. She created storylines for neighborhood girls playing Barbies and wrote sequels to her latest book or cinema experience. Retired from the communications industry, she now draws inspiration from the mysterious mountains, flowing Colorado River, and ever-shifting desert sands of Western Arizona. Her novel 'After the War, Before the Peace' is available at, and her western serial 'Hannah' is available at, Her website is .

Sandra Seamans is a retired farmwife who loves to write. Her short fiction has been published in Writers Open Forum, PA Sportsman, Short Stuff, and Christopher Gooch Emystery Ezine. She is co-editor of A Flasher’s Dozen.

Darren Swift is 39 and married with three children. He has traveled the world for 23 years but has recently decided to settle down in Wales. He is currently working on the tenth re-write of a second rate novel which he hopes to get published, sell 10 copies and retire from public life as a semi-success. He is proud to be a contributor to . The rest of his bad writing can be found at .

E. N. Taylor lives in Western Australia. His first novel was published in 2003, and he is currently at work on several others. For more information, you can point and click your way to .

G. W. Thomas lives in British Columbia, Canada. His work has appeared in over 350 books, magazines and ezines including Writer's Digest, Flesh & Blood, and Black October Magazine. He is editor/publisher of RAGE m a c h i n e Books.

Ann Vitale has always been an avid reader and aspired to write fiction. She has written a newspaper series on dog training, a training manual, and she’s ghost written speeches. Fiction, her inner writer screamed. She wrote three books for an educational press. Fiction, the voiced insisted. So, from her farm in Pennsylvania where she is working on a novel, she submitted this, her first published work of fiction.

Samuel Weldon is an old codger from Saskatoon who thrives on the memories of days-gone-by whenever winter hides the future under white drifts. Some of his best work has appeared on Bathroom Stalls and Fast Food Napkins.