Sunday, November 20, 2005

Latest Subscription and Submission Guidelines

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.

Annual subscriptions to A Flasher’s Dozen also include copies of The Lone Flasher -- collections of works by a single author. Accompanying The Winter Issue is Sandra Seamans’ “Knights and Dames” -- a collection of Buck and Irma stories from days of noir when knights were bold and dames were deadly. Accompanying the Spring Issue will be a collection of Will Naylor’s 55ers. If you’d like to start your annual subscription with The Autumn Issue, we’ll include a copy of KR Mullin’s “Not Quite Your Same Old Eden” -- a collection of stories about Adam, Eve, Snake and ... Grandmother?

Submissions to A Flasher’s Dozen 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; and they must contain between 99 and 999 words. 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.

Each submission should be pasted into an e-mail and sent to
The Subject Line should read Spring Issue: Your Story Title.

Deadlines are:
01/1/06 (for the Spring Issue)
04/1/06 (for the Summer Issue)
07/1/06 (for the Autumn issue)
10/1/06 (for the Winter 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. Non-subscribers will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appear.

Because The Spring Issue will officially be The Third Issue, stories about Third Wheels, Triplets, or Trios will be particularly welcome though not required.

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

Authors must include: (1) a mailing address and (2) a brief biography (including website information, if desired) to be published in the issue. 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, November 13, 2005

Opening Lines for All 17 Winter-Issue Stories

1. Happy New Year by Judy Thomas of Georgia (240 words)
For the hundredth time Julia made up her mind that this was the last time he would have the chance to break a promise to her.

2. Overcoming Debbie Gilroy by Wayne Scheer of Georgia (910 words)
The ghost of Debbie Gilroy peered over Andy Mueller’s shoulder as he stared at the business card where he’d scrawled Nancy Gomez’s phone number.

3. Monica’s Second Time by Heather Wardell of Ontario (167 words)
I’m lying on the bed, wearing a brand new white silk nightgown, waiting for him to arrive.

4. Ezra by Joseph DeRepentigny of Georgia (425 words)
Ezra did not feel well. His eyesight was blurry, and his joints ached. Nor did he want to do anything except lie down and rest. Therefore, going to the doctor’s office took a lot of effort.

5. Second-Hand Rose by William B. Naylor of Nova Scotia (55 words)
“He buy you flowers?”

6. Educated Selection by Sharon Poppen of Arizona (680 words)
“I may be old fashioned,” Grandma said to her great grandkids, “but ...”

7. Secondhand Shoe by Patricia Harrington of Washington (324 words)
“She has such cold eyes. Whatever do you see in her?“

8. The Mulberry Street Horsefly Calamity by Diane McAnulty of Pennsylvania (790 words)
I was cuddled up with a magazine article on the medicinal use of leeches, finally getting a little midnight-in-July breeze from the open window, when a fly landed on my right shoulder.

9. Size Doesn’t Matter by Stephen L. Thompson of Pennsylvania (92 words)
Winter had moved in like an annoying neighbor, and Jason had had enough.

10. Lone Survivor of Flight #13 by Diana Woods of California (733 words)
As I settled onto my personal flotation cushion, I wondered if I'd made the right decision. For weeks, I had agonized over risking my life on this flight, but I yearned to smell the powdery sweet skin of my newborn granddaughter.

11. Smile Right Line by Darren Todd of Arizona (645 words)
“Bo gives a toothbrush to every girl he talks to,” I explained to the bewildered girl who had just joined us in the Burger Chef parking lot.

12. The Bicycle Man by Mariel DiSibio of New Jersey (765 words)
The Bicycle Man was sitting on the curb in front of his father’s drugstore, sobbing, face in his hands.

13. The Writer’s Flea Market by A Collaboration (of two authors and an editor) (240 words)
“I'm looking for a muse,” I told the vendor.

14. Competitive Edge by Darren Swift of Caerphilly, Wales (545 words)
“John felt good. Really good. This was the day they'd been working toward. This would be their day. The culmination of a year's practice.”

15. Houdini Bound in Chains by K. Lawson Gilbert of Pennsylvania (860 words)
“The kitchen felt unusually cold for a summer morning. I ground coffee beans, while filling the water chamber of the coffee maker. I looked forward to that first aroma of java, but instead, an unpleasant odor bunched heavily around me.”

16. Open Door Policy by Pam Skochinski of California (265 words)
Through three regimes, I’ve been the manager here at Tomich Manufacturing. With each regime change, policies changed but the job, it stayed the same.

17. Snake Eyes for the New Guise by KR Mullin of New Jersey (465 words)
One day Adam went to Snake’s favorite basking stone and found him stretched out in the sun, apparently sleeping.