The Collagist is a new online magazine published by Dzanc Books and edited by the writer Matt Bell. I have a flash-fiction threesome (“Twenty Questions,” “It’s Me,” “It’s You”) in the Decmeber issue. Please take a look if you have a chance. You can also read an interview with me here. It feels good to be writing fiction again.
The December Collagist has a bunch of flash fiction on offer, and it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the short-short form or want a good introduction to it. In his editor’s note, Matt Bell argues that flash fiction asks more, not less, of the reader:
In my opinion the best examples of the form are stories where the shortness of the pieces denies the straightforward plot, where the road to success often lies parallel to those of the prose poem and the micro-essay, with their heavily-laden language, their lyric structures, their emphasis not on the closing down of the epiphany but the opening up of the ending and its meaning. How could such a form be the right choice for attention-stunted readers and writers?