Those of you that like to read flash fiction might like to know that you can read my first piece of published flash fiction. It’s called Monsters and it started life as a challenge pointed out to me by my South Korean writing buddy J T Harrell. The original challenge was to write a 13 word story, which both of us managed to do but neither of us managed to get our efforts published by the magazine running the challenge. That was back in 2013.
I always liked my effort so every now and then I went back to it making revisions here and there, and expanding it beyond the 13 word limit. A couple of months ago I stumbled across Hellnotes.com and if you’re a horror fan I suggest you check them out.
One aspect of Hellnotes is Horror In A Hundred. All you have to do is write a 100 word maximum flash fiction story, send it to them, and if they like it they’ll publish it.
Without further ado here’s the link: http://hellnotes.com/horror-in-a-hundred-monsters-by-m-j-wolfson
If you check out Issue 3 of the Holdfast E-zine you’ll be able to read Night Owls. Night Owls is set in a broken world of endless night. Against this backdrop two men meet on a narrow trail. Neither can continue their journey without trusting the other to let them safely pass, but can they trust one another?
If you want to find out what happens you’ll have to head over to the Holdfast website where the story can be read for free. The link is at the end of this article.
All acceptances are greatly appreciated by any writer. This one is important to me as I’m a fan of Holdfast, and I’ve been tracking them since their first issue.
Holdfast deals with speculative fiction and each issue is themed. The theme for the Night Owls issue was Objects, Artefacts, & Talismans. The themes make the issues interesting, and ensure a varied range of stories across each issue.
As well as fiction you’ll find author interviews. These have so far included Margaret Atwood, Sarah Pinborough, and Frances Hardinge.
Then there’s the Bookshelf, a selection of recommended reading, which is updated each issue to tie in with the theme that I mentioned earlier.
Holdfast is just a great site so even if Night Owls doesn’t appeal to you, then please, check them out anyway. You’ll find work by other talented writers all accompanied by bespoke artwork specially commissioned for each story. My thanks goes out to the talented Mat Andrew for his Night Owls illustration, and to the Holdfast editors Laurel Sills & Lucy Smee.
Here’s the link: http://www.holdfastmagazine.com/fiction-issue3/4585059973
M J Wolfson - That's me.