New Flash Fiction Review invites submissions

Arnos Vale tangle tree cr Judy DarleyThis attractive online magazine caught my attention thanks to the alumni of excellent contributors, including Jude Higgins, and the editor’s apparent passion for brief, splendid, often whimsical works.

Founded in 2014 by author and editor Meg Pokrass, they describe themselves as “an online magazine devoted to flash fiction and prose poetry.”

They are open for submissions under 1,000 words in length until September 12th 2017. How could you resist?

Happily, simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your piece has been accepted elsewhere, simply withdraw it from the Submissions manager.

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Writing prompt – Signs

Laugharne Castle sign by Judy DarleyI have to admit, I love a sign – the kind that advises you to beware of something or be extra careful about something you, as a sentient being, should be fully able to engage your common sense to deal with.

I spotted this one at Laugharne Caste. What on earth (or, say, off earth?) could be happening here?

The one below is fixed onto the gate at a local school.

This gate must be kept shut at all times

Such fabulous nonsense. What might happen if the gate is left open? What might get in, or escape?

Imagine you’ve never encountered such things before. How might you interpret them? Use it as the start of a story or work of art.

If you write or create something prompted by this, please send an email to Judy(at)socket to let me know. With your permission, I’ll publish it on