Two of my flash fiction pieces have been published recently. Shush was published by Theme of Absence and The Man on the Train was published by The Starving Artist.
Theme of Absence is a market I’ve been tracking for a while. I first submitted a story to them about 12 months ago which was rejected, but the rejection was encouraging.
They publish speculative fiction, and do author interviews too. You can read my interview here. You can read Shush here.
The quality of fiction on Theme of Absence is pretty good. I’d recommend checking them out from both a reader & writers perspective.
The Starving Artist published The Man on the Train, and I’m glad I’ve finally managed to get this one published. The Man on the Train was originally written in answer to a challenge given to me by another writer. I’ve had nothing but positive comments about it, but it has collected a few rejection slips. The rejections have always stated, “We liked it but it’s not a good fit for our mag.”
The Man on the Train is a good example of why you shouldn't give up on a piece just because it has collected a couple of rejections. Isaac Asimov said:
"You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist."
I stumbled across The Starving Artist a few weeks back. I wasn’t sure if it would be a good fit for them or not as they’re a very new market concentrating on Flash fiction & poetry.
They're not genre specific it’s more about good quality writing. Please check them out and see what you think.You can read The Man on the Train here.
Both markets can be found in the Selected Markets page of this site. Theme of Absence has been listed there for some time.
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