News and Updates

3rd Place: Reflex Fiction Autumn '20 competition

December 29, 2020

I'm so ecstatic to announce that my flash fiction "An Apology, of Sorts, to My Brother at His Funeral" placed 3rd overall out of almost 600 submissions in the Reflex Fiction Autumn 2020 Flash Fiction Competition!

Microfiction at short circuit

November 30, 2020

I'm excited to share Shiny, Pretty, Bright is up at Short Circuit in their third issue.

Another holiday story!

October 26, 2020

In keeping with the theme of off-season holiday stories, I have a Christmas story up at Journal of Compressed Creative Arts just in time for Halloween. Read Waiting in Line for Santa, Late on Christmas Eve here!

Image credit: "It's Christmas time" by Anna & Michal is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Image credit: "Autumn" by Ramón Peco is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Longlisted!

October 1, 2020

One of my very short flash pieces "An Apology, of Sorts, to My Brother at His Funeral" was longlisted for Reflex Fiction's Autumn Flash Fiction Contest. I won't know until November or December if I won a prize or not, but my story will be published either way. Check out the entire longlist here.

New Flash in Brilliant Flash Fiction

September 30, 2020

My flash piece "Glub" is up in the fall issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction today. This is honestly one of my favorite stories I've written. (Are writers allowed to have favorites? I feel like my other stories might get their feelings hurt!) Click here and scroll down to find my story.

Image Credit: "goldfish" by josullivan.59 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Flash Fiction up at Xray Lit mag

August 31, 2020

On a personal note, the last few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster. I had a planned surgery on August 14, but it led to unexpected complications and I ended up in the hospital for nine days and had to have a second surgery during that time. I've been home for a week now and am slowly starting to feel more like myself. A nice way to celebrate health, home, and happiness is with a piece of flash fiction. Check out my story Nice and Normal over at XRAY Literary Magazine!


New flash at Necessary fiction

August 19, 2020

I'm happy to share I have a new flash fiction up today at Necessary Fiction. It's an Easter story in August. I seem to be doing a lot of off-season holiday stories lately. Spoiler alert. . . I have a Thanksgiving story coming out at the end of the month! But for now, you can read Lamb Cake Salvation.

Image Credit: "Pink Tulips" by LaserGuided is licensed under CC BY 2.0

New flash at Spelk fiction

July 31, 2020

It's Christmast in July over here. Check out my holiday themed flash After the Fire Burns Out, which is featured at Spelk Fiction today.

Interview with OMC

July 20, 2020

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by the Office of Modern Composition on my my writing habits. Check out the interview here.

Image credit: "Writer's Stop" by Stephh922 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Chicago Literary Writers

July 13, 2020

Chicago Literary Writers is a writing group that I had the extreme fortune of falling into when it was first starting 13 years ago. For the last decade or so, I've been coordinating meetings and managing applications for membership. CLW is one of the few things that has stayed really consistent in my life for more than a decade and it's helped show me the importance of having a community of writers to lean on and learn from. One of our members recently volunteered to create a snazzy new website for us, and I'm happy to report that our new website is now live and exceeding expectations. Check it out here!


Moonpark review

June 20, 2020

I'm very pleased to share that I have a quirky surrealist piece of flash fiction in the latest issue of MoonPark Review. I especially love the custom artwork they created for my story! Get your Thanksgiving fix in June!

Image credit: "Happy Thanksgiving!" by Dennis S. Hurd is marked with CC0 1.0

Longlisted!

My chapbook of holiday themed flash fiction We're All Just Trying to Make It to January 2nd was longlisted for Thirty West's 4th Annual Chapbook Contest! I have to wait a few weeks to find out if I made the shortlist, but it's always nice to know that someone must've liked my work enough for it to escape the first cut. Congrats to all my fellow writers who also made the longlist!

Flash Fiction in inaugural issue of Flora Fiction

April 10, 2020

I have a short piece about dreams of escape in the very first issue of Flora Fiction. This stunning journal combines beautiful art with beautiful writing and I'm thrilled to have my work represented in its pages! Read Bubble-Gum Pink here!

Image credit: "Hannah's green Converse" by Benimoto is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Short Story in Kansas City Voices

March 12, 2020

One of my rare "longer" short stories (meaning I actually wrote more than 1000 words this time), is in Volume 15 of Kansas City Voices. I received my gorgeous contributor copy today! You can read my short story "Shiny Things" plus all the other amazing work by order your copy here.

Flash Fiction at Tiny Molecules!

March 12, 2020

I'm pleased to announce that my flash fiction Egg and Pepper is in issue four of Tiny Molecules! I hope you enjoy it!

In other news, my story that was shortlisted for Askance's Winter Short Story Competition did not place, but you can check out the stories that did win here.

Image credit: "Gather's Fried Egg Sandwich" by Andi Fisher is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Shortlisted!

February 27, 2020

I'm excited to share the news that one of my short stories Westbound on a Tank of Desperate Hope has been short listed for Askance Publishing's Short Story Competition. It was one of a dozen that made the cut. I don't enter many writing contests, but I've been pushing myself to take more chances and so I'm thrilled to have made it this far in the competition. Whether my story is selected as a winner or not, it's wonderful to know that the judges responded positively enough to shortlist it. You can view the shortlist here.

Two Flashes Up at OJAL

February 25, 2020

I am thrilled to announce that I have two flash fictions up over at Open: Journal of Arts and Letters.

Rotten Apple is a short piece that I wrote almost 10 years ago in an online flash fiction workshop. I recently found it buried in a folder of forgotten flash. It still had the notes from the workshop instructor attached to it. I was prepared to hate it because it was written so long ago, but it was like running into an old friend. I realized it was written at a time when I wasn't as confident about sending out my work. I made some revisions and sent it out into the world. OJAL has given it a lovely home.

Affair is much more recent, but I like that these two pieces found a home together. They suit each other.


Image Credit: "one rotten apple" by alison e dunn is licensed under CC BY 2.0

New Flash Fiction in The Wire's Dream Magazine

February 19, 2020

Check out my short piece Rabbits in The Wire's Dream Magazine.

Micro Fiction at Abstract Magazine

January 27, 2020

Check out my tiny little micro fiction Let the Light Shine Through the Cracks over at Abstract Magazine.