I'll be in the flash flood this year
Every year on National Flash Fiction Day in the UK, FLASHFLOOD JOURNAL does twenty-four hours of flash, an online tsunami. I've been in it a couple of times, have been rejected a couple of times, always with reprints. I was in a themed anthology of theirs a couple of years ago with original work. I sent them a few potential reprints today and they accepted one of my favorites, "Noonday Robbery at Booneville Savings and Loan." I'm scheduled for 11:10 am BST on Saturday, June 24, which is the middle of the night here: 3:10 am (Friday night/Saturday morning). There's always a ton of great stuff to read and a very festive atmosphere. Looking forward to it!
my essay on Adrienne Rich is out today
The writer Adrian Koesters solicited work from me for a series on her blog of living writers' appreciations of dead writers. Because I recently surprised myself by writing a lyric riff for THE LUNATICS' BALL based on "Diving Into the Wreck," I ended up writing about Adrienne Rich. It was fun, a process of discovery and something of a survey of my life. Here's "Jacqueline Doyle: Adrienne Rich."
It's up! Excited to have my lyric nonfiction micro “Doppler Effect” in the newest issue of MIDWAY JOURNAL, a magazine I love. This will be my third appearance in their pages. My first, “Zig Zag,” won their -Under 1000 Flash Contest, judged by Michael Martone, earning me the most I’ve ever been paid for a flash. And I’m very fond of my second, "Life Without Randall"—meta-fiction that concludes with a pterodactyl!
Waiting to hear from the CRAFT CNFA contest judge on this year's winners (due yesterday). Waiting for the new issue of MIDWAY JOURNAL with my cnf micro (due yesterday). Waiting for the new issue of FIVE SOUTH with my short story (due a few weeks ago, postponed due to website redesign). Waiting to decide on some really good submissions for CRAFT (very hard decisions, partly dependent on the contest results). We have such limited space. It breaks my heart to reject such excellent work.
a whirlwind acceptance
A few days ago, Ralph Pennel at MIDWAY JOURNAL sent me a very nice rejection of my only flash fiction making the rounds and asked if I could send something else to him directly. I don't have another flash fiction so I asked if cnf would be okay. He and the Nonfiction Editor accepted my lyric micro "Doppler Effect" the next day! It will be out on April 15. I've gone from having nothing much coming up to having several publications in the next few weeks.
the pinch is here!
So excited that my copies of THE PINCH are here! Proud to have my essay about Mary Todd Lincoln from my WIP THE LUNATICS' BALL included in their spring issue (purchase here). This is my third appearance in THE PINCH (once online, twice now in print), a magazine that I love.
The essay is short, but as so many short essays in THE LUNATICS' BALL, lit required a lot of research. So many interesting facts and quotations! I was overwhelmed, and it was only when I was in Ojai at the Bending Genres writing retreat, all of my research notes and books at home, that I managed to express what I wanted to say in the form of a letter.
Turns out that FIVE SOUTH is having website problems and their new issue (with my Bartleby/Wings of Desire story) won't be out for a few weeks. Something to look forward to.