By Cody Pease
Michel waters the plants in rotations. He starts with the tillandsias hanging in the copper-wire cages, then the oreganos and vanilla orchids near the south-facing window, then the begonia on the dining room table. The succulents need to be split, and the philodendrons need more sunlight. His hands are too weak to lift the watering pot; instead, he uses a wine glass like I showed him. It’s a small task to strengthen his muscles. “How are you doing?” His movements are slight and slow, but he smiles. “Well,” he says. I’m afraid to press him further. I leave him to water, then I peel the sweet potatoes for dinner. Continue reading “ISSUE 25: MARCH 2020”
Happy New Year!
Beginning January 1, 2020, Brilliant Flash Fiction (BFF) will pay 20 U.S. dollars for each story published in its quarterly online journal. Payment will be made upon publication, through PayPal only.
Authors submitting their work should first study the submission guidelines on our website: brilliantflashfiction.com.
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BFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The online journal is entering its sixth year of publication and donations made on our website enable us to provide publication opportunities for writers without fees.
Thank you to everyone who donated in 2019. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Donate $10 or more to Brilliant Flash Fiction and receive a free copy of our first print anthology, Hunger: The Best of Brilliant Flash Fiction, 2014-2019.
This collection is a great resource for students of flash fiction, for authors who want to submit their work, and for anyone who enjoys reading quality flash.
“Compiling the best of five years of Brilliant Flash Fiction, editors Dawn Lowe, Ed Higgins, and team have created an anthology that wows on every page. These stories demonstrate the power of flash fiction, its unique ability to move, excite, and entertain readers far beyond the constraints of its limited word count.”
– Kathy Fish, master teacher and author
“Loving Hunger: The best of Brilliant Flash Fiction, 2014-2019. I have found some real gems. Read a few to my MFA fiction workshop students.”
– Robert Pope, author of Jack’s Universe and Pushcart Prize winner: Continue reading “HUNGER: THE BEST OF BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION, 2014-2019”
Hello. My name is Dawn Lowe, and I started Brilliant Flash Fiction five years ago with my niece, Laurie Scavo. Brilliant Flash Fiction is an international online literary journal.
Back in 2014, Laurie and I had just survived a series of personal tragedies and wanted to build something good together.
We knew the internet was overpopulated with journals demanding money from writers—in the form of contest entry fees or “reading fees”—and many of these journals would simply disappear after collecting large sums of money.
At Brilliant Flash Fiction, we never charge any fees. We treat writers with dignity, and we’ve created a quality product at brilliantflashfiction.com, illustrated with Laurie’s dazzling photography. We’ve published hundreds of stories and conducted writing contests that have generated over 3,000 international entries. Continue reading “LETTER FROM THE EDITOR”