Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 9.1 (April 2016)
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe sixteenth issue of Flash, which features new stories from Argentina, Britain, France, Hungary, and the USA, and boasts many of the world’s leading flash-fiction authors. It also includes the 2016 winner of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Youth Competition, ‘Silver Linings’ by Charlotte Rhodes, a talented A-level student at Winstanley College, Wigan. The competition was organized by Flash and the Department of English, University of Chester; it was judged by the editors and leading flash author and critic Holly Howitt. We are honoured to publish a final piece by the late Ihab Hassan (1925–2015), a brilliant literary critic and flash-fiction author. (Other stories by Hassan appeared in Flash, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, and 7.2.) In ‘Flash Reviews’, Christine Simon admires the ‘philosophical weight’ of the flashes in influential Brazilian author Clarice Lispector’s first collected short stories in English translation. Tony Williams enjoys Robert Scotellaro’s What We Know So Far, while Alex Tankard reflects on how what she knows affects her reception of Rosie Forrest’s Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan. Other reviewers feast their eyes on two beautifully illustrated collections: Caroline Jones is charmed by Vanessa Gebbie’s Ed’s Wife and Other Creatures, illustrated by Lynn Roberts; and Jude Piesse explores the story wood created by Nik Perring’s Beautiful Trees, illustrated by Miranda Sofroniou. Ian Seed meanwhile scrutinizes the flashes and craft essays in Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Genres, edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov. Copies of the issue are available through the magazine’s website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.magazine
CitationBlair, P. & Chantler A. (2016). Editorial. Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 9(1).
PublisherPeter Blair and Ashley Chantler
DescriptionFlash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is a biannual literary periodical, published as an A5 book. Since the inaugural issue of October 2008, Flash has established itself as the world’s leading publisher of quality short-short stories and serious reviews of flash-fiction anthologies, collections, guidebooks, and critical studies. It also publishes occasional essays on flash fiction. The journal Geist has described Flash as ‘one of the best current venues’ for ‘high-quality’ flashes and the scholar Dr Michael A. Chaney (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire) rates it as one of the top ten literary magazines to send short-short stories.
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