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Flash Fiction Fridays

** FLASH FICTION FRIDAYS ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING INTO…
MAY (<500 words) / LATE APRIL (6-worders) **

lightning 143523Welcome to Flash Fiction Fridays. Every Friday morning (c.7am UK time) I post an author’s short short story. For the first episode, because I only decided to do this on the morning I planned to post it, I invited Joe Café novelist and musician (and more) JD Mader to let me have his short story ‘Green’ which I critiqued in my Bailey’s Writing Tips (BWT) podcast red pen episode no.1. Technically I did post The Threadbare Girl the previous Friday so that I’ve called that zero instead. So, this is the story (stories) so far… :)

Once they’ve appeared on the blog, I then podcast them, initially every fourth Sunday but from May 2014 they’ll be the last Sunday of the month.

If you love short stories / flash fiction, also take a look at Burrst.comTruelee Fiction, Six Minute Magazine, and the Indies Unlimited Writing Exercises Contests page. And I’m Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition.

Guidelines: If you’d like your story considered, email me :

  • your family-friendly story in full; up to 500 words (no strong violence or swearing please)*
  • <500 words on the inspiration behind it*
  • <500-word third-person biography*
  • links to your website, blog etc.*
  • * all text together in a document (.doc or .docx preferred but I can usually work with whatever I receive)
  • and a photo of yourself and / or book (as an attachment, .jpg preferred, in the same email) would be great too.
  • I also now welcome 6-word stories (with a 6-word biography!) – click here for the guidelines.
  • If it’s suitable I’ll email you with the Friday I plan to run it and it’ll be added to the schedule on this page.
  • I will also plan to podcast your story at a later date (on the last Sunday of the month, c. one month after the story runs here) so let me know if you DO NOT wish me to do this.
  • You can send as many stories to me as you wish but I will run them at intervals (usually a minimum of six weeks between author depending upon how many submissions I have in hand).
  • And please remember to include your website address. If you don’t have one but want one, I design WordPress blogs / websites from just £50 / $75. :)
  • Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a reply before chasing me! 
  • NB. Being published on my blog counts as being published (so you can add it to your writing CV!) but it does mean that some competitions won’t accept it thereafter so whilst I would love your best pieces, I don’t pay, so bear this in mind before you submit to me. I’m more than happy to have pre-published writing.

NOTE: Because of the high volume of enquiries, I don’t schedule in advance but when I receive the content.

POSTED:
SCHEDULED:
  • 134. The tenth batch of 6-word stories by William BortzTony Tibbenham, Maria, Mark K, yours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories listed here (25th April). These stories will be podcasted in episode 41 (Sunday 29th June).
  • 135. author booked, details t.b.a. (2nd May). This story will be podcasted in episode 41 (Sunday 29th June).
  • 136. author booked, details t.b.a. (9th May). This story will be podcasted in episode 41 (Sunday 29th June).
  • 137. you could have your story listed here (16th May). This story will be podcasted in episode 41 (Sunday 29th June).
  • 138. you could have your story listed here (23rd May). This story will be podcasted in episode 42 (Sunday 27th July).
  • 139. The eleventh batch of 6-word stories by William BortzTony Tibbenham, Mariayours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories listed here (30th May). These stories will be podcasted in episode 42 (Sunday 27th July).
  • 140. you could have your story listed here (6th June). This story will be podcasted in episode 42 (Sunday 27th July).
  • 141. you could have your story listed here (13th June). This story will be podcasted in episode 42 (Sunday 27th July).
  • 142. you could have your story listed here (20th June). This story will be podcasted in episode 43 (Sunday 31st August).
  • 143. The twelfth batch of 6-word stories  you could have your 6-word stories listed here (27th June). These stories will be podcasted in episode 43 (Sunday 31st August).
  • 144. you could have your story listed here (4th July). This story will be podcasted in episode 43 (Sunday 31st August).
  • 145. you could have your story listed here (11th July). This story will be podcasted in episode 43 (Sunday 31st August).
  • and so on…

If you’d like your story considered, email me your story (guidelines at the top of this page). Please remember that this is a family-friendly blog so no stories with strong language, extreme violence, or unpleasant / explicit scenes please… besides, suggestion can often be more powerful than blatancy.

NB. the copyright will always remain with you so you can still do whatever you like with them, although for most competitions / submissions having your story appear on my blog would count as being ‘published’. I will not use your fiction for any purpose other than to have the link appear on this page which directs to your piece. I will promote this page from time to time on Twitter and the likes, so that visitors come here, and hopefully onwards to you. I don’t pay you for your stories but it’s an opportunity for the readers of this blog (usually 200+ visits per day) to learn a little about you and your writing. And I get to read a load of short stories… my favourite format.

Because of the high volume of enquiries, I don’t schedule in advance but when I receive the content.

I know there are a lot of poets out there and Poet Philip Ellis asked me via Twitter if I’d take poems and whilst I’m no poet, I said “sure, why not” (or something like that), so I started weekly slot called Post-weekend Poetry running every Monday.

If you love short stories / flash fiction, take a look at Burrst.com, Truelee Fiction and the Indies Unlimited Writing Exercises Contests page. Nanoism is “a place for twitter-fiction” (140 characters max!).

If you’re looking to enter your flash fiction into competitions (NB. if your piece appeared on my blog it’s likely you wouldn’t be able to submit to a competition so bear this in mind when submitting to me, I wouldn’t want you to miss out). Creative Times has a list of their top 10 paying flash fiction competition sites. 16th May is National Flash Fiction day and you can find some competitions (various dates) on http://www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/competitions.html.

 

40 responses to “Flash Fiction Fridays

  1. C.K. Crigger

    October 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Ooh, great idea, Morgen. Maybe I’ll have to try my hand!

     
    • morgenbailey

      October 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Ooh do Carol :)

       
    • morgenbailey

      August 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Carol – I now run 6-word stories, with the longer pieces having a maximum of 500 rather than 1,000 words.

       
  2. Bonnie BA Kelly

    October 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Confusion Morgan,
    I had emailed you about a regular interview and you answered, back, “Sure.”
    So, one of these days I am hoping we can get together. But I have no flash fiction.
    At my age I can’t move that fast even typing anymore!
    Bonnie

     
  3. morgenbailey

    October 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Lovely to hear from you Bonnie, you’re funny. :)
    I did email you the information on 15th August but things have changed since then; more choice but unfortunately longer lead times. Flash Fiction is a new addition but there are plenty of other options – I’ve just emailed you the latest information.
    Morgen

     
  4. Cindy Vaskova

    October 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Hello Morgen, your Flash Fiction Friday’s section as well as your blog were recommended to me by a friend via Twitter, as a chances I’d get a shot to participate in one of those wonderful Flash Fictions. I am no established, published writer but like many others I have the hopes, the ideas and I’m armed with papers and a pencil. Getting to the main point. I’d be more than grateful if you allow me to send you a short story, whenever you have to opportunity and time , to read it and if perhaps it is good enough post it on your blog. Thank you for your time.
    Best wishes,
    Cindy Vaskova

     
  5. Neel

    December 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Really look forward to a poetry peek every fortnight! Wonderful site you have here….

     
    • morgenbailey

      December 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Neel. At the moment Monday is the only night where there’s nothing scheduled (and usually the only time I post something!) so in the absence of an eighth day beginning with P, I may post poetry then from time to time… ‘Post-weekend Poetry’ perhaps. :)

       
  6. David Rowell blog

    January 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Very much enjoyed the stories here. My novel, The Train of Small Mercies, was published by Putnam in October, and right now I’ve been posting my short shorts on my site–davidrowellblog.wordpress.com/–if anyone wants to check them out.

    Thanks!

    David Rowell

     
    • morgenbailey

      January 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Thanks David.

      You’re very welcome to submit any of them (or others). It doesn’t matter to me whether they’ve been published before (or after).

      My email is morgen@morgenbailey.com should you like an info. pack.

      Morgen

       
  7. animusnews by Ken Temple

    June 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Morgen, you are a star! Post-weekend Poetry’s a brilliant initiative. Thank you! :D

     
    • morgenbailey

      June 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you, Ken. Flash Fiction Friday had been running a few weeks and I wanted to do something for poets but there wasn’t a day beginning with P. I had Monday free so PWP was born. :)

       
  8. Susan Moffat

    August 4, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Hi! Great blog…lots of new reading! Would you accept a story that has already been published on my blog or does it have to be a previously unpublished piece?

     
    • morgenbailey

      August 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Thank you very much, Susan. The internet’s a big place so more than happy to have pre-(and post-) published. :) I’ll email you the information pack.

       
      • Susan Moffat

        August 4, 2012 at 12:15 am

        That’s great. Thanks…and watch this space ;-)

         
  9. William Bell

    October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    So Morgen? How might one send you a short story? What length can be submitted? How are things across the pond? When are you coming to Colorado to fix my website? Bill

     
  10. William Bell

    October 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Morgan, Morgan, Morgan. You haven’t been paying attention. If you look up “Sucks at computers” in the dictionary, you will get my name. I tried wordpress and recently weebly. I tried another one but don’t recall it’s name. I failed miserably at the effort. Of course if you have the magic pill for me, I would gladly take it.

     
  11. morgenbailey

    October 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Right back at you, Bill. It’s Morgen, Morgen, Morgen. :)

    Do you want to email me your WordPress address and I’ll take a look.

    morgen@morgenbailey.com

     
  12. William Bell

    October 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I would love to except I never got far enough with it to save it or publish it.

     
  13. Jane Risdon

    August 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Just noticed word count alteration Morgen….thanks. I will keep in mind for the future.

     
    • morgenbailey

      August 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Sorry, Jane. I thought we’d had a conversation about this a few weeks ago – so just coincidence that the last three pieces you’ve sent have been under 500 words. :)

       
  14. flashpoetguy

    January 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I consider it a sincere honor to have my poetry and flash fiction published at Morgen Bailey’s site. It is in my top ten favorite sites.

     
    • Jane Risdon

      February 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Mine too. Lucky bunch.

       
      • morgenbailey

        March 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        Ah, thank you, Sal, Jane. You’ve both been so supportive and that’s what makes it a blog I know I can be proud of.

         
      • Jane Risdon

        March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        It is a fab blog and I for one, am proud to be able to contribute and support you whenever I can. :)

         
      • morgenbailey

        March 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Ah, bless ya. It always makes me smile when I receive emails thanking me for “allowing” the writer to be on my blog. :)

         
      • Jane Risdon

        March 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        I know but it is true :)

         

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