Howdy, howdy! Can you believe July is already more than halfway over? Neither can I. But I must admit it’s a good month. First and foremost, Dad’s birthday is tomorrow (happy early birthday, old man!), so drop him some birthday love here or on my social media pages and I’ll pass it along to him. Secondly, I recently found out that a piece of mine called “Cracked and Broken” will be appearing in Harbinger Press‘s Flash Fiction Fridays. So, I thought I would take this week’s post as a chance for some shameless self-promotion.
Harbinger Press is a brand new venue that opened in March of this year and was founded by Marie Robinson and B.C. Palmer. It will be running its first round of Flash Fiction Fridays from July 19th through November 29th. My story will appear during this time. I will announce via social media the exact Friday it comes out, plus I will share links to the story in those posts and on my website. In other words, if you haven’t done so already, please stalk my pages all of which can be found off to the side here or at the top of my website. And if you want to see all of the flash fiction pieces in this series (and participate future events like the “best of 2019” contest they’ll be having for their flash fiction selections), subscribe to Harbinger Press’s newsletter, which can be found on their website linked above.
If you’re interested in submitting your own flash fiction pieces to them, their winter call opens on August 1st and runs until November 1st. They’re open to fantasy, sci-fi, and horror according to the submission page. I know I have some friends whose writing could fit in those categories! Harbinger Press pays a flat rate of $25 for stories with a maximum of 1,000 words (so, basically semi-pro pay). You can find their guidelines and the basic rights they purchase on the website I linked above.
I’m extremely happy to be included in this debut batch of flash fiction. “Cracked and Broken” is one of the few pieces I’ve written that I liked even before my writing group gave their approval of it. They helped me improve it a lot, so I have to thank them for the suggestions and critiques. They know who they are. It was also one of the first pieces I wrote after Stonecoast, without the guidance of my mentors, so it was a little scary to send it out into the world. But I’m glad it has found a home!
As I mentioned above, I’ll announce when the story is released on my social media pages, so stalk me or subscribe to Harbinger Press’s newsletter to catch it when it comes out. Next week we’ll return to our regularly scheduled program of trying to figure out this writing life. Or maybe something cripple-focused. I haven’t decided yet, but I’ll see you then.