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Flash in F&SF

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  • Started 2 months ago by iamnothing
  • Latest reply from iamnothing

  1. iamnothing
    Member

    Hey, I'm working on a 300 word story. I'm wondering how the readers (and maybe the editor, for that matter) feel about flash in F&SF. I should probably read a recent issue [I have no money or space for a subscription and no Kindle.], but I'm afraid I haven't found the blog interviews encouraging.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    We publish about 5-7 pieces of flash per year although most tend to be a bit on the longer side of flash. The shortest piece we've published recently was "Overwintering Habits of the North American Mermaid" by Abra Staffin-Weibe, which was I think only 127 words long, in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. iamnothing
    Member

    Thanks for the quick response. I guess it's still a possibility.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. JohnWThiel
    Member

    If I recall correctly, "The Shortest Horror Story" by Fredrick Brown was published in F&SF.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. Gordon Van Gelder
    Editor/Publisher

    Fredric Brown's "Knock" appeared in THRILLING WONDER STORIES about a year before F&SF began publishing. We did run Dixon Wragg's riff on it in the March/Apr 2011 issue.

    Among other notable short-short stories, we ran John Morressy's "A Life in the Day of Eb and Flo" in the July 2004 issue.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. iamnothing
    Member

    I was going to write a story about Eb and Flo; now I can't. "Neither Eb nor Flo", I think, is what the sutra says. I'd like to read the Morressy story and the "Knock" riff.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. JohnWThiel
    Member

    I'm living in a different reading dimension; I saw it in F&SF and recall my thoughts about seeing it there. It apparently wasn't in a valid issue of the magazine, though. There are fraudulent mock-ups of the magazines.

    Eb and Flo were seen elsewhere too. We used to get bulletins written by Flo to Eb which Eb never answered, in a "newspaper" published for employees of something or other. That predates Morrissey's story by a decade and a half.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. iamnothing
    Member

    Hey, I was just told by a well-known author that I should use an exact word count such as 351 on the manuscript, but this contradicts what everybody else so far has said (use even hundreds, such as 300 or 400). I don't know how to resolve this.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    iamnothing, these days authors do both. Some authors round to the nearest 10 or 100, and some provide an exact word count based on their word processor. Both are fine. We've never rejected a story because of the way the word count was calculated for the manuscript.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. iamnothing
    Member

    Thanks, C.C. Finlay. I'd like to avoid irritating the editor (although I might do so by asking too many questions).

    Posted 1 month ago #

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