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Flash in F&SF

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  • Started 1 week ago by iamnothing
  • Latest reply from JohnWThiel

  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 1 week 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 1 week ago #
  3. iamnothing
    Member

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

    Posted 1 week ago #
  4. JohnWThiel
    Member

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

    Posted 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 6 days ago #

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