Dark Bits Contract, etc. Okayed; Cats, Rats, and Bats Contest Ends Aug. 15

Progress progresses, in this case with another bit of office work, this time reading, electro-signing, and sending back the contract for “The Third Prisoner” to publisher Apokrupha for DARK BITS (cf. August 5, June 30, et al.).  This is to be for an anthology of 52 horror flash fiction stories with no restrictions on subject or taste, only length – a terse 500 words or less — and originally hoped to be out in July.  So schedules slip sometimes, but contracts and, sent back with it, an okayed proof copy are due from all authors within a week, so hopefully it will still be ready both in e-book and print editions by the end of August.

And speaking of August as well as flash fiction, but this time with more room to spread out its wings, I received a reminder from the Ligonier Valley Writers that entries for its latest Flash Fiction Contest are due before midnight, August 15.  Yes, that’s next Thursday.  “This year’s topic is cats, rats, and bats, in any combination.  Flash fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long.”  Prizes are $50, $25, $15, and three honorable mentions for the glory only, and entries require a statement to the effect that winning stories can be published on the LVW website as well as presented in local public readings during this year’s Halloween season.

More information can be found here.  Also, as an endorsement of sorts I’ll add that “The Third Prisoner,” as noted above to appear as a reprint in DARK BITS this month, is itself an LVW contest alumnus having copped an honorable mention in 2008.


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