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Splickety In A Flash
10/9/2014 1:30:56 PM by: Ben Wolf

Splickety Publishing Group is all about flash fiction, and by extension, so am I. Our goal is to take over the world with flash fiction. What I mean by that is that we want flash fiction to become part of society's everyday lives.

Think about it--in this high-tech world we live in, we constantly have information at our fingertips. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and even wearable computers like Apple's iWatch and those Google glasses. Why not also have great flash fiction stories on-hand as well?

In order for us to accomplish our goal of filling the world with flash fiction, we need your help. Providing enough reading material for an entire world means we need an army of authors who can learn to write quick, nifty tales that spur our readers' interest on a consistent basis. That's where you come in.

Flash fiction is defined as 1,000 words or less. All told, if you know what you're doing, it takes about an hour to write a solid flash fiction piece and maybe another 15 minute to a half-hour of editing time if you're quick about it. Once you get good at it, you can easily cut that timeframe in half, and if you write less than 1,000 words (what about just writing 100?) it's even shorter.

So here's my challenge for you today: write some flash fiction. Then edit it. Then send it to your critique partner/group. Then, once you've got it how you want it, submit it to Splickety and we'll see what we can do about publishing it. (Be sure to follow our submission guidelines when sending us something.)

Need some ideas on where to start? Check out our newly-released 2015 Themes. No, seriously--we won't publish a story that doesn't somehow fit within one of our 2015 themes. At least not yet. Hey, we can't take over the whole world all at once, right?

If worst comes to worst and you really can't figure this flash fiction thing out, attend the Florida Christian Writers Conference and take my flash fiction class. Or subscribe to Splickety's magazines. Or hire me as your editor. Or do all three of those things (this is obviously the best option). You'll figure it out one way or another.

Last thing, and then I'll let you go: I normally meet a lot of people at conferences, but it's rarely, if ever, enough. I'd like to meet YOU. So come visit me, set an appointment with me, and come to my classes. You'll be glad you did, and Eva and Mark will both be glad that I've stopped bothering them in my free time.

Until FCWC comes around, Write On.

Yours in a Flash,

Ben Wolf
Executive Editor and Founder
Splickety Publishing Group
 

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