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News: Where Have You Been Hiding, Tino?

It feels like forever and a day since I wrote an update with any news. I’ve been very busy, I can promise you, and as always life sometimes gets in the way. Here’s a round up of all of the exciting bits and pieces I’ve been involved in:

There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This

It’s finally here! Copies of my new flash fiction pamphlet, published by V-Press, have arrived and they look beautiful! I’m so excited to share these stories with everyone.

The short fiction in There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This by Santino Prinzi is very human and very heart-provoking.

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“Hilarious, playful, profound and fierce, these stories ring with wonder at the messy world of sex and love. Prinzi’s fiction is addictive because of their unflinching sensuality and sharp attention to emotional detail.” Meg Pokrass

“In There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This, Santino Prinzi looks for the big truths in everyday moments. From coming out to falling out, each of these stories is a nuanced study of human nature – full of insight and wit.” Christopher Allen

There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This will be published on Friday 1st June 2018, and is available to pre-order from V-Press now.

National Flash Fiction Day 2018 Anthology

Since the end of March I have been reading and selecting submissions for the forthcoming National Flash Fiction Day anthology with my wonderful co-editor, Alison Powell. This year’s theme was FOOD, and we have some delicious stories to share with you when the anthology is published in June. You can find more information via the National Flash Fiction Day blog page by clicking this link here. We will be launching the anthology in Bristol on National Flash Fiction Day, Saturday 16th June 2018. More information to be confirmed at a later date.

Flash Fiction Festival 2018

The flash fiction festival ball is well and truly rolling, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the party again this year. There will be lots of fantastic readings and writing workshops for writers to take part in, as well as tasty food… I’ll be running a workshop on Experimental Flash Fiction, as well as appearing on a V-Press panel about flash fiction pamphlets. You can find out more about the whole festival and book via their website.

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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

I’ve recently had a handful of flash fiction published since the old year came to an end and the new year began. Firstly, And While There are Billions of Friendships There’s Only One Like Yours was published in Flash – I love you!, a flash fiction anthology from Paper Swans, in December 2017. The book is available to purchase here.

In January, I had a prose poem / flash / thingamajig published by the wonderful Ink Sweat and Tears called When Stranded on an Iceberg. It was shortlisted for their January Pick of the Month! You can read it here.

Also in January I had a very tiny story published in Short on Sugar, High on Honey, an anthology of love stories that are between seven and thirteen words long. It’s a beautiful pocket book edited by Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka and published by Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press. It’s available to purchase here.

And a fun little revenge flash called Il Vino di Merda was published by Litro as a part of their #FlashFriday series in March. You can read it here.

I haven’t got many forthcoming publications because I’ve been very busy preparing my new pamphlet for publication instead of writing, but I’m absolutely ecstatic to share that I have a flash fiction being published by Jellyfish Review on May 28th! It has a rather unusual title: Upon Discovering that Cows Can Swim. It was actually inspired in part at my own amazement of discovering that cows can swim. I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, it just didn’t.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading! 

‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ to be published by Black Market Re-View!

My flash fiction ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ will be published in the second issue of  Black Market Re-View, an online magazine edited by undergraduate and postgraduate students from Edge Hill University in the UK.

I’m so happy that this story has found a home; it was fun to write, and I hope have fun reading it! ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ is about a man who reads in the newspaper that Mary Portas is coming to town to fix up their high street.

Interested? You won’t have to wait long! The second issue of Black Market Re-View is scheduled to be published this weekend. I’ll post a link once it’s up!

‘On Returning Home’ Published by Speculative 66!

My flash fiction, ‘On Returning Home’, has been published by Speculative 66and is now available to read in their very first issue. Speculative 66 is an online magazine dedicated to flash fiction of exactly 66 words, and they accept all types of fiction, so I encourage you all to submit something for their second issue.

‘On Returning Home’ is a little science-fiction tale, which isn’t something I normally write, but I was inspired by a thought one day: what if we weren’t the original inhabitants of Earth? You can read ‘On Returning Home’ and other 66-word stories in their first issue by following this link here: Issue 1 of Speculative 66.

‘Mother Knows Best’ Published by FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

My flash fiction ‘Mother Knows Best’ was published as a part of FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

I love FlashFlood. The idea is that, for one day, the journal publishes a flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you get a deluge of brilliant fiction. There are over 140 flashes in total, so plenty for you to read and enjoy!

If you’d like to read ‘Mother Knows Best’ you can do so by following this link here: FlashFlood.

A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed: 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology is OUT NOW!

The 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed, is out NOW!

This collection already has a special place in my heart, as it was the first anthology where I have been involved with as an Editor, supporting Calum Kerr and Nuala Ní Chonchúir with a lot of the behind-the-scenes activities.

The anthology features my story ‘Ten Things that Happened After My Funeral’. The story is about a man who finds himself in limbo, and the rest is, from the title, pretty self-explanatory.

There are so many extremely talented authors in this anthology, and all of the stories are wonderful. Some of the authors include the likes of: Meg Pokrass, Paul McVeigh, Claire Fuller, Sarah Hilary, Angela Readman, Calum Kerr, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Diane Simmons, Nik Perring, Kevlin Henney, Tim Stevenson, Michelle Elvy, Debbie Young, Ashley Chantler,  Jane Roberts, Jonathan Pinnock, K.M. Elkes, Chris Stanley, and so many more!

To purchase the paperback edition of the anthology, please follow this link here: BUY! The Kindle edition will be available very soon!

‘Division’ Published by The Pygmy Giant!

My flash fiction, “Division’, has been published by The Pygmy Giant and is available to read now by following this link here.

The Pygmy Giant are is an excellent place for Flash Fiction writers from the UK. Here’s a little bit about them from their website:

The Pygmy Giant is an online home for UK flash fiction and non-fiction under 800 words. We aim to publish something new on the site each Monday and Thursday.

Why just British stuff? Because flash fiction on the web is dominated by our American cousins, and while that’s not a terrible thing, we want to give up-and-coming voices from the UK a chance to be heard.

I hope you enjoy reading ‘Division’ and the other flash fiction published there and consider submitting your own!

‘Lovelocked’ Published in Ink Sweat & Tears!

‘Lovelocked’ has been published today by the brilliant Ink Sweat & Tears. It’s about love locks, but this flash isn’t as twee as the love locks you see fastened to bridges…

I’m super proud to have been published by this webzine. I love the prose and poetry they publish, and you should definitely check them out.

You can read ‘Lovelocked’ by following this link here.