The reading period for Issue 8 of KYSO Flash is open for general submissions from 15 May 2017 thru 15 July 2017.
Please submit original, unpublished works. (Appearance on author websites and blogs, as well as on social media and sites such as Fictionaut, counts as previous publication.)
With the exception of Solicited Manuscripts, submissions are read "blind" to ensure impartiality, and thus should NOT include author's name, address, and bio. (We will ask for bios later from authors and artists whose works are accepted.)
What we're looking for: Evocative literary works that balance “music and meaning” (to borrow from poet Richard Hugo) within a max of 1,000 words * (including the title), and using forms such as these:⚡ Prose poems
⚡ Micro-fiction (up to 500 words each)
⚡ Flash fiction (501–1,000 words per piece)
⚡ CNF, essays, interviews, memoirs, etc.
⚡ Reviews and craft essays (2,000 words max, including footnotes)
⚡ Fables, allegories, and parables, whether light or dark, written for adults
⚡ Hybrids such as haibun, haibun stories, haiga, tanka prose, and tanka tales
⚡ Ekphrastic works, in every genre we publish: fiction, nonfiction, lineated and prose poetry, hybrids such as haibun and tanka forms, and visual arts
⚡ Poetry, both free verse and formal, that travels the middle way between transparency and obscurity; i.e., accessible but with a measure of mystery
TIP: As we consider submissions to our journal, awards such as the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net loom over the decisions we make. We look for works that Knock Your Socks Off, that is, prize-worthy material. Regardless of the genre, we cherish a unique voice, fresh language, and the sly use of literary devices such as metaphor and irony. We hope to be side-swiped, poked in the ribs, and otherwise smitten by an arresting idea, a compelling narrative, an exquisite lyric, or a moving account, all of which thread the perfect line between the personal and the universal.
See our website for complete submission guidelines (including what we're not looking for): http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx
* NOTE: For our Fall 2017 issue, KF-8, we also need essays (up to 2,000 words long) on the craft and philosophy of flash writing and literature -- and our definition of flash includes short forms like poetry and poetic hybrids. We would especially like to consider works from instructors who have used one of our four anthologies in their courses ( http://www.kysoflash.com/Books.aspx ).
Instructors who wish to submit essays are invited to contact our publisher Clare MacQueen at KYSOWebmaster@gmail.com for the link to our no-fee Solicited Mss. page at Submittable. At that page, you can submit up to five essays (again, no more than 2,000 words each) -- and bypass the General Submissions admin fee of five bucks for five pieces.
Basic manuscript formatting for submissions:
An 11- or 12-point, sans-serif font such as Verdana (no fancy or script fonts, please)
At least one-inch margins
Please number pages sequentially.
Double space prose works, except for prose poems, which may be single-spaced. Haibun and tanka forms may be single-spaced as well.
Please submit all other forms of poetry (and/or lineated works) with line breaks and other formatting as you would prefer the piece(s) to appear onscreen.
Thanks so much! We look forward to reading your work(s).
Although there is no limit on the number of general submissions from each writer, the admin fee of five dollars covers a max of five works submitted within a single file. If a single file contains more than five pieces, then only the first five will be considered.
Each file may contain works of one genre, or a mixture of genres instead; for example, a lineated poem, a micro-fiction, an ekphrastic poem, a haibun story, and an ekphrastic memoir.
Additional pieces must be submitted separately (with a max of five pieces per file), and must include an additional admin fee.
Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if your works are under consideration by other venues. And please immediately withdraw any that are accepted elsewhere.
Craft essays and critical reviews may be up to 2,000 words long, including text, title, and footnotes.
[NOTE: For KF-8, we also need essays on the craft and philosophy of flash writing and literature -- and our definition of flash includes short forms like poetry and poetic hybrids. We would especially like to consider works from instructors who have used one of our four anthologies in their courses ( http://www.kysoflash.com/Books.aspx ). Instructors who wish to submit essays are invited to contact our publisher Clare MacQueen at KYSOWebmaster@gmail.com for the link to our no-fee Solicited Mss. page at Submittable. At that page, you can submit up to five essays (again, no more than 2,000 words each) -- and bypass the General Submissions admin fee of five bucks for five pieces.]
All other works must be no more than 1,000 words long, including text, title, and any footnotes. Author's bio and identifying details are not included in word counts (and, because we prefer to read "blind" to ensure impartiality, author's details should not be included within general submissions). One-word titles are acceptable. Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.
Extra points for including in brackets after the title of each piece the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid (for example, ekphrastic CNF/prose poem).
Complete guidelines are available at our website:
Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to reading your work(s)!