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
⚡ Haiku: a poetry of absence or an absence of poetry? (subtitled “Minimalism in Contemporary English Language Haiku”), a paper presented by Lynne Rees at the PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) 2015 Conference at Canterbury University, Kent, United Kingdom (16 July 2015)
⚡ New Online Mag Showcases Wealth of Flash Fiction Forms, review of KYSO Flash Winter 2015 by Michael Pritchett in The Review Review (July 2015)
⚡ Six Questions for Clare MacQueen, Editor-in-Chief, KYSO Flash, by Jim Harrington in Six Questions for... (26 June 2015)
⚡ Ten Things I Look For When Selecting Submissions, by Cara Cochran in The Review Review (April 2015)
⚡ 25 Tanka Prose: Introduction: TP or not TP, That Is the Question, by Bob Lucky in Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka (July 2011)
⚡ A Note on Flash Fiction: Essay in New World Writing (Spring 2014) in which Robert Shapard discusses, “Can fiction keep up with rapidly changing technology?”
⚡ More than the Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Closer Look at Writing Haibun, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, at Poets.org
⚡ Points of Entry: Article by David Orr in The New York Times (November 22, 2013) on “The wrangling over poetry’s accessibility”
⚡ The Surprising Power of Stories That Are Shorter Than Short Stories: Article by Joe Fassler in The Atlantic (11 June 2014) in which Stuart Dybek talks about how to layer meaning into works of flash fiction
Contemporary Works We Like:
Initially, during the three-month period before the launch of our first issue in October 2014, this list was offered for potential contributors who wanted to read examples of content and style that interest us.
Even though Issues 1–7 of KYSO Flash are now available for perusal, webmaster Clare MacQueen is an archivist at heart and decided to keep this list as an additional resource. At 52 authors and 77 pieces, it is by no means exhaustive, but does illustrate a range of genres and very short pieces we appreciate.
Works referred to in the tables below are from 55 to 1,000 words long, and are published elsewhere online. Listings link directly to each piece.
Clare counts Kimbra Cutlip’s short story, Cavallo, among her all-time favorites. The story was nominated by Serving House Journal for a Pushcart Prize in 2011.
She also is moved to tears of admiration and gratitude by Leslie What’s essay, Why I Wash the Dead, which was first published in Parabola twelve years ago (Summer 2002) and is reprinted in New Vilna Review (April 2008).
At ~3400 and 1963 words respectively, these pieces are too long for KYSO Flash, but what splendid reads. Highly recommended!
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