Christopher Allen Guest Edits January 12th – January 18th

Christopher AllenChristopher Allen is grateful to have work appearing or forthcoming in Indiana Review, Contrary Magazine, Night Train, Quiddity, and many others. His flash fiction has been anthologized in Flash Fiction Friday, STRIPPED, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years, 2003-2013, and others. Allen’s book reviews have been featured at [PANK], Necessary Fiction, The Lit pub, and others. Since July 2014 he has been the managing editor at SmokeLong Quarterly. Allen, a native Tennessean, now splits his time between Munich and Dublin. He blogs at www.imustbeoff.com.

Some examples of fiction that Christopher had written are “Husk of Hare,” “Triangulation,” and “Providence.”
Stories that he has recently read and admired are “This is What I Know about Being Gigantic” by Justin Brouckaert, “Questions After the Fire” by Dana Kroos, and “I Love Becky Brady” by Erin Somers.

Chris’s thoughts on flash fiction: “What I’m looking for: Excellent writing, surprisingly original language, compelling stories and characters, layered narratives that make the reader think. I want the every-word-counts story that engages the reader from word one; I want the story that makes other writers wish they’d had the idea.

What I’m not looking for: Prose that tries too hard (but also prose that hasn’t tried hard enough), stories that have been told thousands of times in pretty much the same way, stories in which nothing really happens, stories with lots of dialogue that doesn’t build character or urge the narrative along, stories that have a punch-line ending.”

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