KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 5: Spring 2016
Nonfiction: 526 words

Introduction: Issue 5

by Clare MacQueen,

Welcome to our spring issue! Thanks so much for taking time to visit. We believe you’ll find many marvels and delights here in KF-5. With 17 fictions, 7 essays, 11 lineated and 8 prose poems, and 3 dozen haibun and tanka prose, not to mention 20 works of visual art, there’s something for everyone. Plus a new section, haiga, which is the marriage of poetry and visual art.

Although there are far too many fine artists and works to list by name in this intro, we would like to suggest you begin with these highlights:

Poet and editor David Cobb celebrated his 90th birthday a couple of days ago, and we’re glad that he seems to have no plans to retire, from a writing career which spans more than 70 years. Happy birthday, David, and thank you! It’s our distinct honor to present readers worldwide with another of your fine tales, Panto: a delightful memoir told via haibun about the exploits of an Army clerk and his Remington accomplice in the late 1940s.

The flash fiction The Neighbors Will Take the Chickens is not only Nancy Parshall’s first published work, but also the first piece she has ever submitted. Thank you, Nancy, for trusting your work with us! We’re pleased and honored to be first to publish your writing, and we look forward to reading much more.

Huge thanks and three rousing cheers to everyone who accepted our Triple-F Writing Challenge. We are thrilled to announce the results—and to offer our reflections on the process of running and judging our first official contest. Winners, honorable mentions, and finalists appear here in our spring issue, and will also be published in our annual print anthology this December.

Our next contest opens in mid-April, the KYSO Flash HTP Contest, which will be judged by UK poet and editor Matthew Paul, and will offer cash awards and publication for the best haibun and tanka prose. We hope you will help spread the word about the upcoming contest, as well as share the results of the Triple-F challenge.

If you’re on Facebook, please consider supporting our little journal—and nearly 200 writers and artists whose works we’ve published—by “liking” our Facebook page and by sharing our link with your friends, family, and colleagues. A thousand thanks!

As always, we’re so glad you dropped by, and we hope you enjoy what you find on our menu...


  1. Content: The total of 111 works includes 91 written pieces—64 of which (70%) are new and published in KYSO Flash for the first time anywhere—and 20 works of visual art, all of which first appeared elsewhere online.

    Please note that we consider works, both written and visual arts, which appear on social media such as Facebook to have been published already, especially since they may have been viewed and shared by hundreds, or even thousands of folks.

  2. VIDA: For folks like me who are interested in such numbers, KF-5 contains works by a total of 52 authors and artists, 24 (or 46%) of which are women. About VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

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