We like stories. Good stories. Strong stories. Short stories and micro stories. We like narrative and minimalism and words that dance across the page. We like dialogue that is direct and sounds like a real person talking. We believe in Elmore Leonard's Rules of Writing numbers 3 & 4:
Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" ... he admonished gravely.
We don't like sci-fi, fantasy or horror, but occasionally fancy a good ghost story, or a new take on myths. Just no zombies, dragons, vampires or orcs. When it comes to mysteries and westerns, we have a short attention span. We find blatant erotica boring.
It should go without saying that what you read here is generally what we're looking for. We are literate adults, submit accordingly.
Please submit one short story (no more than 2000 words), or two micro stories (less than 500 words is ideal). We insist that you send multiple pieces in a single file. Please start each piece on a new page. We allow simultaneous submissions so long as you notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.