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.
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.