This Week’s Reader: Randall Brown


Randall Brown teaches at Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live (now available as a reprinted deluxe edition from PS Books), his essay appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, and he appears in the Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction. He has been published widely, both online and in print, and blogs regularly at FlashFiction.Net. He is also the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

Dealbreakers in Flash:

“What would be a deal-breaker in a submission? The first thing that comes to mind is “not submitting.” I’ve read a lot of flash, and I’m still continually surprised and left in awe by what flash fiction writers are doing with the challenge of compression. So that’s what I can’t wait to see: what newness and wonder have submitters found within the flash fiction form.”

A Story He Loves:

Tenderoni” by Kathy Fish, from SmokeLong

One of Randall’s Stories:

Like an Original Response” from American Short Fiction


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