Northern Flash Fiction Reading Series Launches at Bookcase, Carlisle

Northern Flash Fiction Reading Series

Featuring Meg Pokrass, Barbara Renel, Gary Duncan!

Save the date if you’re in or near Cumbria UK.

A celebration of the very short story form 
Saturday, 30th March, 7:30-9 PM (Doors Open 7PM)
Cakes & Ale, Carlisle – FREE ADMISSION

Flash Fiction writers Meg Pokrass and Barbara Renel launch the very first in their series of flash fiction evenings celebrating the very short story. Alongside flash fiction writer Gary Duncan they will read from their own work before introducing an open-mic and inviting the audience to share their own stories (max 250 words). And there will be a chance to win a flash fiction collection in a free draw.

Meg Pokrass:

Flash fiction author, editor and teacher originally from California and now living in Cumbria. Author of an award winning prose poetry collection, a novella and five flash fiction collections, inlcuding most recently Alligators At Night. Meg’s work has appeared in over 350 literary magazines in print and online. She currrently serves as Flash Challenge Editor at Mslexia Magazine, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, U.K. (Bristol) Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2019, and Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review. Meg teaches flash fiction workshops both online and in person.

Barbara Renel:

Flash Fiction Writer, Dancer, Teacher, Performer based in North Cumbria. Winner of a number of flash fiction competitions, her work has appeared in print and online including Noon (Arachne Press), The Dawntreader (Indigo Dreams), The Bath Flash Fiction Festival Anthology 1 (AdHoc Fiction), Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Spelk, FlashFlood Journal and Structo, A3 Review.

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan’s stories have appeared in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 100 Word Story, New Flash Fiction Review, Fictive Dream, Train Lit, Gravel, and The Cabinet of Heed, among others, and are forthcoming in Unbroken Journal and Ellipsis Zine. His flash fiction collection, You’re Not Supposed to Cry, is available from Vagabond Voices.

Jesse Bradley Wins 75-Word Conflict Prize!

Winner of the 75 Word Conflict Contest

The challenge was to write a 75 word story and use the following words: fish, nose, tangle. Thank you to all who entered! There were so many good pieces, it was terribly hard to chose!

The winner is Jesse Bradley. Here are his stories! I’m publishing all 3 of them because they’re all that good.

by Jesse Bradley

1. Fishmonger

You stand in the door, waiting for her to say something about your latest self-improvement, two fewer pounds. You watch her tangle a lock of her hair with her index finger. She finally looks up over her glasses, at you, crinkles her nose in that way you love, and then goes back to her book. You walk into the bathroom, open the bottle of diet pills, and vow to try and fish again next week.

2. Sleight of Hand
You make your nephew’s nose disappear and he erupts. You give him back his nose and the wails grow louder, tangling you and him to the dining room. You’re here because your dad caught you fishing for one of his condoms in his dresser. You need to see the consequences of your mistakes, he said. You wanted to ask your dad if you were a mistake but didn’t want him to add to your sentence.
3. The Pugilist 
You tangle the car around a light post for a good reason: to prove god doesn’t exist. Your evidence: your father’s body fished out of a lake, a bullet that took part of your nose during the second shooting at your high school, a month after the first. You left a note pinned to your clothes instructing the EMTs, the doctors, the coroners to not remove your brass knuckles, just in case you’re proven wrong.