Five Great Lit Mags for Flash Fiction

November 24, 2013

michaelalexanderchaney

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Storm Cellar  (Duotrope-reported acceptances 2.86 % / 56 avg. days per acceptance). Storm Cellar is a magazine that holds a very special place in my native Ohioan heart because of its “special emphasis on the Midwest.” Sidney T. Sheehan, Chief Editrix, goes on to give would-be contributors some very helpful advice: “Understand what your piece is doing, and edit ruthlessly to achieve that goal. Read a back issue before you decide what to send. Show us something we’ve never seen before, something that surprised you when you wrote it.” Issue 3.1 contains plenty of poems and stories that demonstrate originality and surprise, not least among them is “How to Cope with the End of the Mercury Retrograde” by Mayah El-Dehaibi. In Six enumerated parts, poetical images accrue around the singular woman of the work, swelling the felt space of her world with beauty and danger: “She withered and mastered…

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