KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Photo of Kelley Marie Smith
In memoriam:
Kelley Marie Smith,
5 July 1980 –
30 July 2011


Thank you for dropping by. At KYSO Flash we aim to publish memorable works of art and literature. We celebrate very short forms, up to 1,000 words each, and our journal offers a smorgasbord of delicacies:

  •  Prose poetry
  •  Flash and micro-fiction
  •  Hybrid forms such as haibun
  •  Essays and creative nonfiction
  •  Photographs, drawings, and fine art
  •  Poetry, both free verse and structured

Short forms are deceptively difficult to write well, and though they take only a few minutes to read, the best resonate far longer than that. Perhaps for a lifetime. We are dedicated to searching for and publishing such gems—please dive in to see the latest we’ve found for you!

How does this happen?...How does a stranger through language reach inside your chest to crush or cradle your heart?
...What other art form is so powerful?
— Sean Thomas Dougherty, from the interview
“Four Questions for Sean” in Green Briar Review
(Issue 1.3, Summer 2013); quoted here with permissions

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