prose

‘Submerged’, ‘Tempestuous’ and ‘Sequester’ Published at Unbroken Journal!

Three of my prose poems have been published together in the latest issue of Unbroken Journal. They are called ‘Submerged’‘Tempestuous’, and ‘Sequester’. You can find the latest issue, the March/April 2016 issue, but following this link here.

I have so much love for this journal. The work they publish is astounding, and the editor, R.L.Black, is incredibly supportive. I encourage everyone to submit their writing to Unbroken.

Plus this month’s cover is stunning!

If you’re interested, you can also read the interview I had with R.L.Black as a part of their Making the Magic series about writing Prose Poetry. You can read it by following this link here.

Thank you, Unbroken. I hope you all enjoy reading this latest issue – I’m looking forward to it!

‘Between the Notes’ Accepted for the Inaugural Issue from Ink In Thirds

A prose poem of mine, ‘Between the Notes’, has been accepted for the inaugural issue from Ink in Thirds.

To find out more about them, and for details about submitting your own writing, please follow this link here to their website.

A magazine of poised prose, precarious poetry, and photography that makes us want to pilot our own realms again.

Interview for Unbroken Journal’s ‘Finding the Magic’ Series Available Now!

I am honoured to have been interviewed recently by R.L.Black, the editor of the incredible Unbroken journal, about my prose poetry and my writing processes. You can read the interview by following the link here:

Prose Poetry|Finding the Magic: An Interview with Santino Prinzi

I love Unbroken journal. Taken from their website: “Unbroken is a bimonthly online journal that seeks to showcase poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun, both from established and emerging voices.”

I thoroughly recommend both reading and submitting to this journal, though they aren’t open for submissions until February. However, this gives you plenty of time to check out their previous issues and see for yourself the wonderful prose poems, poetic prose pieces, and haibuns.

Unbroken have been incredibly supportive of my prose poetry. They have currently published four of my prose poems (‘Midnight Sky in Winter’‘Stuck’‘Caught’, and ‘Tessellation’) and will be publishing three more of my poems in their March/April 2016 issue (‘Submerged’‘Tempestuous’, and ‘Sequester’).

I hope you enjoy reading the interview and find it useful.

Happy writing!

‘Tessellation’ Published by Unbroken Journal!

My prose poem ‘Tessellation’ has now been published by Unbroken Journal and is available to read in their Jan/Feb 2016 Issue by following this link here.  I’ll be spending my New Year’s Day reading this issue of this great journal – what a great way to start 2016!

10 Places to Submit Your Writing in 2016

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome to 2016!

Whatever you hope 2016 holds for you I hope it happens, and if one of those hopes are to get your writing published, be it your first piece or not, then perhaps this will be helpful!

There are a mixture of competitions and journals in this list, and the main focus is flash fiction, but many of these places are looking for other forms of writing, like poetry or non-fiction. I’ll try and be as useful as possible!

I’ll also try to include links to current issues if they’re a lit mag / journal because the best way to support a literary journal / magazine is to read what they’ve published and share the writing you loved with the world.

The ten places I’ve chosen are based on many factors, but the main one is this: they love what they do. I suppose that could be said for a lot of places, but I suppose I also love what they do, and I think it’s very important people send their writing to somewhere they love!

Some may not be currently open for submissions, but make a note, use that time to read and enjoy the writing they publish, and return armed with your submission.

Here are my 10 places I believe you should submit your writing to in 2016. To be taken to each webpage, click each subheading, which is hyperlinked.

National Flash Fiction Day (UK)

National Flash Fiction Day, heading into its fifth year, happens annually in June in the UK and is a great way to celebrate flash fiction, with events usually happening up and down the country. Each year they produce an anthology from submissions, but as if that isn’t enough, they run a micro fiction competition and publish a journal called FlashFlood where they publish a new flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you’ll have plenty of reading material for flash fiction day itself if you couldn’t make it to one of the events.

Though later in the year this is one to remind yourself of and, as I volunteer for National Flash Fiction Day, you’re sure to hear more about it from me over the upcoming months. Last year was the first year I helped and I can honestly say the organisers, especially Calum Kerr, work continually to make it such a great time to celebrate the form. Past anthologies, as well as collections by Calum Kerr, are available to purchase.

Unbroken Journal

Unbroken Journal is a truly fantastic literary magazine who are now in their second year. Their focus is on poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun. I love this journal because the editor, R.L.Black, is supportive of both new and established writers, and has been very supportive of my own writing and have accepted a total of 7 of my prose poems (either published or forthcoming 2016). They currently publish an issue every two months and accompany the writing with art and photography. More importantly, the work they publish speaks to the core of me.

You can read their Jan/Feb 2016 issue by following this link here.

Adhoc Fiction / Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is, as you may guess, a flash fiction competition, but here’s what makes the competition unique: you can enter the traditional way by submitting writing and paying a small fee, or you can enter their weekly Adhoc Fiction contest.

Adhoc Fiction allows you to write a 150 word flash fiction inspired by a prompt, and each week a selection are published and the general public read and vote on their favourite flashes. The flash with the most votes wins a free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award. The winners are published online, and they seek to illustrate each piece, which means they’re looking for artists / photographers to create pieces to go with each published flash.

Smokelong Quarterly

This is one of the best literary journals for flash fiction, and they’ve been going for more than ten years now. The pieces they publish are powerful, varied, and demonstrate what one can achieve in a thousand words or less.  If you’re new to flash, this journal is a great place to start for reading flash and seeing what makes flash fiction so great! Submissions are open all year round, so you don’t need to rush to submit something to them. Take your time, soak up the writing they publish, and when you’ve recovered read some more. Why not try this excellent story on for size?: ‘Coat and Shoes’ by Tania Hershman.

CHEAP POP

I adore this online literary magazine purely for the work they publish. They love flash fiction of 500 words or less, fiction that really POPS! This is exactly what their fiction does, and I was really excited to have a piece of writing accepted by them – ‘Just Like Mummy’ is due to be published in February this year. Here’s a great piece, and there are many more to choose from, so please check them out: ‘Saudade’ by Zain Saeed. This journal is certainly the home of striking writing.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal

I love this journal because they publish vignettes. Everything I have read that has been published by Vine Leaves Literary Journal resonates from the page and I can promise you’ll not be disappointed by what they have to offer. This, from their website, sums up best what they’re looking for in a vignette: “Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere. Issue #16 from October 2015 is available to read from this link here.

Spelk

I love Spelk, the home of “short, sharp fiction”. The editor, Gary Duncan, is wonderful and I’ve found him to be really helpful with both the stories he’s accepted and with the feedback he’s provided for stories that weren’t quite ready. Again, like Vine Leaves, I feel this taken from their website sums up what makes Spelk so great: A spelk, in northeast England, is a splinter of wood – a tiny little sliver or shard embedded under the skin. Without getting too pretentious, we think there’s probably some kind of analogy there – we like flash fiction that’s short and sharp, that gets under your skin and leaves an impression. That, and we just happen to like the word. They publish stories three times a week, and there are many different ones to read! Why not give this one a read: ‘Graffiti’ by Jonathan Pinnock. 

NANO Fiction

I love NANO Fiction and have recently subscribed to this great journal. They publish flash fiction in print journals, and all the pieces in them tend to strike me as unusual but provocative. They include featured stories online too, here’s an example: ‘Gravity’ by Armel Dagon.

Firewords Quarterly

Fireworks Quarterly is a stunning literary journal who publish mostly short stories and poetry, but they do have a flash fiction challenge too. It is the care that goes into the production of the journal and it is this that is truly breathtaking. Click on their website and just look at their artwork and how the pages of the journal look – simply beautiful, who wouldn’t want their work published here? But rest assured that the writing is not drowned out by the artwork – the writing they publish is just as evocative as the artwork, so send them something shattering.

Synaesthesia Magazine

Last, but not least, Synaesthesia Magazine. Like FirewordsSynaesthesia Magazine is a literary journal that looks as visually powerful as the words they publish. They publish short stories, poetry, illustrations and photography, and usually have a theme for each issue. One thing I really, really love about this magazine is, though they can’t always guarantee this, they try to provide useful feedback for any writing they decide not to accept for publication. This feedback has allowed me to grow as a writer, to consider their feedback, make changes, and some of the stories I’ve then submitted elsewhere have found a home. This is another journal worthy of your support both as a reader and a writer! Their most recent issue should be available from this link here.

 

There are so many other magazines and journals I love too, such as Funny in Five Hundred, a journal of flash fiction dedicated to humorous stories, and 101 Words, an online journal of flash where the story must be 101 words (no more, no less).

Feel free to share in the comments your favourite places to submit writing to, particularly flash fiction, and share this list with other writers who are hoping that 2016 is the year they publish some flash!

Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you all! Good luck – happy writing!

Thrilled! Three Prose Poems Accepted for Publication by Unbroken Journal!

A journal I absolutely love have accepted three of my prose poems, ‘Tempestuous’‘Submerged’, and ‘Sequester’, for publication in their March/April 2016 issue.

Unbroken Journal is brilliant journal celebrating poetic prose and the prose poem. I thoroughly recommend you check out this journal, which you can do so by following this link here.

‘The New Save’ Published by Yellow Chair Review!

‘The New Save’ has  now been published in the Yellow Chair Review‘s Pop Culture issue and is available to read by following this link here.  My flash is on page 26, but why not read the other fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published too. There’s also a nice selection of art featured, and the front cover truly is special!

My pleasure this evening is to read this issue, but there’s a vast array of different pieces to read, covering all kinds of Pop Culture areas from film, music, TV, and video games.

‘The New Save’ is a flash I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to write, but when I saw the submission guidelines for the Yellow Chair Review for this issue I knew I could write about a childhood passion in a flash: Pokemon.

Yes, ‘The New Save’ is about Pokemon, and this makes me incredibly happy! But it isn’t only about Pokemon…read it now to find out what else…

‘Strictly Showbiz’ to be Published by Funny In Five Hundred!

My “wonderful and silly” flash fiction, ‘Strictly Showbiz’, has been accepted for publication by Funny in Five Hundred, a great online flash fiction magazine specialising in stories to make us laugh.

Which, they do. Humor is subjective, but this online magazine has lots of different stories for you to read. Feel free to check them out for a few chuckles by following this link here.

I’ll post a link to ‘Strictly Showbiz’ when it’s available, but expect a few recognisable household names to appear…

‘Lovelocked’ to be Published by Ink Sweat and Tears!

I’m delighted and thrilled to share with you all that my flash fiction, ‘Lovelocked’, has been selected by the incredible Ink Sweat and Tears webzine and will be published in 2016.

If you haven’t heard of Ink Sweat and Tears please check them out by following this link here. Here’s a little snippet from their About page:

‘Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which  publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between.  Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.’

It’s amazing to know that ‘Lovelocked’ will be published in this magazine which celebrates flash and prose poetry. I really recommend you check out the writing they publish: I’ve always found everything I’ve read in this webzine thought-provoking.

As usual, I’ll post when ‘Lovelocked’ has been published so you can read it. I’d like to give you a clue what the flash is about but I think the title says it all. You’ll see…

‘Four in the Morning’ Published by PARAGRAPHITI in their Flash Fiction Issue!

The flash fiction issue of PARAGRAPHITI is online and available to read by following this link here. My flash fiction, ‘Four in the Morning’, is published alongside a handful of other brilliant flash fictions. I finished reading the issue this morning. I hope you read and enjoy my story, as well as the Flash Fiction issue in it’s entirety.

You can follow the link about to be taken to the Issue’s contents page, or you can follow this link here to be taken directly to ‘Four in the Morning’PARAGRAPHITI publish more than flash, so why not visit their webpage and have a look around by following this link here.