713 Flash

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We received a lot of excellent submissions for this, our “Out of Time” issue. And I’m very pleased with the variety we’re able to bring you from the authors of the seven stories I chose this month.

The impending end of the world is faced by couples alone in their homes in both Kevlin Henney’s “Ashes to Ashes, Mañana, Mañana” and Bernard S Gaidasz’s “As the Day Fades Into Darkness.” Both of these stories have moments of great beauty and poignancy.

Paul Magnan’s “Dearest One” tells the story of a man facing the end of a year of wishes, contemplating the cost he has paid. The protagonist of Miriam Harrison’s “As Long as it Lasts” has a theory about life which he puts to the test. In Melinda Moore’s “Zeitgeist” a young woman tries to find something to fill the emptiness inside her, and discovers something more than she could have imagined. Each of these stories features a protagonist who is trying to make sense of his or her world and their place in it.

In our last two stories Charity Tahmaseb presents a family tradition of clocks and time and lives in “Keeping Time” and Danielle N. Gales deals with a day — or… something — in the life of agents of the Department of Anachronisms in her “Now and Then.”

We’ve also got a nice balance of returning authors and newcomers to this month’s issue. Bernard, Charity, and Danielle have all appeared within our virtual pages in the past while Kevlin, Melinda, Miriam, and Paul are all new to Kazka Press.

If you enjoy these stories as much as I did, I hope you’ll take the time to leave comments on them, or share them via social media like Twitter and Facebook. As someone who has had stories of his own published, I know what a delight it is to hear that a story of mine has brought a bright or contemplative moment to someone else’s day.

I’m reading for all of our open themes at the moment. The one with the closest deadline is the “Outlaws” theme. Submissions for it will close on November 20th and we’ll be publishing it on December 1st.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our “Out of Time” issue.

-Michael Haynes

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This month we present two stories with musical themes based on our “Sax & Violins (and Other Tales of Music)” prompt. Both of our stories are from returning Kazka Press writers. Charity Tahmaseb brings us a fantasy story featuring “The Girl with the Piccolo” in a world where music is part of war. Our second story, also a fantasy though of a very different flavor, is “Song of Seasons” by Danielle N. Gales. Not a piccolo, here, but a flute and the battle being fought is one much more internal.

We’re currently reading stories for the third and last of our themes inspired by Talking Heads song titles: “Warning Sign.” Submissions are due by the end of the day (Pacific time) on August 20th.

Thank you for stopping by to check out the stories we’ve selected.

-Michael Haynes

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During June I read submissions on the theme of “Life During Wartime”, the first of three linked themes for the summer months. We got some fantastic submissions and I’m very excited about the ones chosen for this month’s issue.

This month we have three stories. Gary B. Phillips’s “Enteral Feeding” weaves echoes of current events into a chilling little horror story. Danielle Gales brings us a post-apocalyptic flavor in her story of “Things Found.” Finally, Bernard S. Gaidasz returns to Kazka Press with his story “Pop Culture” which brings us to a very different battlefield than this month’s other stories. In fact, all three of these stories are quite different from each other and I’m very pleased by that fact.

With July starting we’re now open for submissions on the theme of “Sax and Violins (and Other Tales of Music).” I hope that writers will consider the theme broadly; stories could focus on musicians, instruments, a song or piece of music itself or even be primarily about something other than music but with a musical element as an important — if you will — grace note in the story.

Enjoy this month’s tales and we’ll greet you with music come the first of August.

-Michael

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A few brief comments from L. Lambert Lawson and then off to the stories.

1: Wow! We’ve got some great stories for you this month. C. L. Holland and Rachel Green are back, each publishing their second stories with us, and Sara Kathryn Puls and Gary Cuba grace our pages for the very first time. Remember, the theme for this month’s 713 Flash was ‘Cursed Blessings.’ Thanks for being patient as we put it together. We hope you enjoy it.

2: Want to support Kazka Press so that we can keep publishing excellent fiction? Consider purchasing Bronies or sponsoring a piece of fiction. All money goes back into publishing stories and books and paying our authors.

3: Don’t forget to submit to November’s 713 Flash contest. The theme is ‘An Unexpected Guest for the Holidays.’ Get creative. Think outside the box. Submit by the 20th.

Enjoy the issue!

L. Lambert Lawson

Publisher, Kazka Press

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Our current 713 Flash competition has closed to submissions, and our guest editor, Michael Haynes, is busy making his selections. (He’s already read all of the submissions.) In advance of final decisions, which’ll be going out by the 25th, I wanted to speak briefly to this month’s process.

Stories come into our email here at Kazka. I check the stories to make sure there are no names or other marks that could identify the author. Then I place them into a dropbox folder for Michael. He reads the stories and decides to ‘hold,’ ‘accept,’ or ‘reject’ each story. With each decision, he makes notes in a Word Doc, and I use those notes to create personalized acceptance or rejection emails.

For October’s ‘Love Beyond Death’ theme, we received 45 submissions. Once final decisions are made, I’ll lay out the submission statistics with the new issue, out 1 Oct.

Until then, thanks for gracing us with some truly wonderful submissions.

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