This Week’s Guest Editor: Sara Lippmann

IMG_0199 - Version 2  Sara Lippmann is the author of the story collection Doll Palace. Her stories have been published in The Good Men Project, Wigleaf, Slice magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2012 fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a longstanding reading series in the East Village. For more, visit: saralippmann.com.
And here are two flash stories that Sara has recently read and admired: “An August in the Early 2000’s” by Emma Smith-Stevens. And “Moro” by Kathy Fish.
What Sara loves  about flash fiction is how it requires you to do more with less. Compression forces decisions on structure, narrative and language; it demands selectivity and precision. Commit to your work. Get in, get out. Keep it honest. Startle me, unnerve me, cut to the heart of what matters. Be merciless. Make your words count. Above all: Tell me an unforgettable story.
Please note that Sara is only accepting blind submissions this week. Do not put your name or contact information on your submission. Please still write a cover letter; Sara won’t be able to see any of the information in the cover letters attached to the submissions until after she’s picked her story for the week.
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