PENNY FICTION from Haunted Waters Press
Edited by Penny Dreadful
A Flash Fiction Writing Competition
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Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths, is a flash fiction writing competition edited by Penny Dreadful. Please visit our Open Calls for Submissions to read to latest contest details. Between issues, Ms. Dreadful will showcase Scattered Pennies as a supplement to our online literary content.
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The powers that be at Haunted Waters Press decided that I needed a Facebook page so that people can "like" me. Not bloody likely, I told them. What's not to like, they said, given my oh so cheery disposition. Ah well, hard to argue with that. So go check out my obligatory Facebook page not to be outdone by my obligatory Twitter account. No doubt you must be thrilled.

Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths, is a flash fiction writing challenge edited by Penny Dreadful. Please visit our Open Calls for Submissions to read the latest details.

The powers that be at Haunted Waters Press decided I needed a Facebook page so that people can "like" me. Not bloody likely, I told them. What's not to like, they said, given my oh so cheery disposition. Ah well, hard to argue with that. So go check out my obligatory Facebook page not to be outdone by my obligatory Twitter account. No doubt you must be thrilled.

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Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths, is a flash fiction writing competition edited by Penny Dreadful. Please visit our Open Calls for Submissions to read to latest contest details. Between issues, Ms. Dreadful will showcase Scattered Pennies as a supplement to our online literary content.
MEET THE EDITOR: PENNY DREADFUL
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The editors at Haunted Waters Press would like to welcome Penny Dreadful to the editorial staff of From the Depths. A lover of flash fiction, Penny has been hounding us for months to dedicate a new section of the journal to extremely short works of fiction. Her relentless badgering finally paid off. Beginning with the Summer 2012 issue, Penny Fiction will become a regular feature of the journal. Senior Editor, Savannah Renée sat down with Penny for a little Q&A session in hopes to give our readers and contributors a bit of an introduction to the newest member of  our staff. Here’s an excerpt:
WARNING: On occasion she can be a bit dreadful.
On behalf of Haunted Waters Press, welcome to From the Depths. Has it really been months since you first proposed the idea of a flash fiction feature?
It’s been a bloody long while, I know that. Since the debut of the Winter 2011 issue, I think. It was exciting to see a new literary journal with such an appreciation for flash fiction. I knew then I wanted to work with you. 
Well, we apologize for making you wait, but now that you’re here, what are your goals?
I want to give flash fiction an even bigger presence in the journal. I think dedicating a section of each issue to extremely short works of fiction will do that. Each installment of Penny Fiction will have different guidelines. For the summer issue, we are running a contest for a single sentence story. No theme. Just a well written and complete story in thirty words or less.
Do contributors get extra points for keeping the issue’s theme in mind?
Well I’m not handing out stars or anything. Theme related submissions are encouraged, but not required. I’ve seen what your contributors can accomplish when they are allowed to write outside the theme. I think we’ll surprise you.
I’m sure. What kinds of stories are you looking for?
Good ones. 
I see. Then can you tell us what makes a work of flash fiction good?
Flash fiction is an art. I’m looking for a complete story, full of imagery, using as few words as possible. 
Can you offer any advice to our contributors who are new to flash fiction?
To create quality flash fiction, writers need to learn to take their writing down to the bare bones. Really focus on word choice. Most writers of flash fiction will tell you that they toil over each and every word.  And practice! There are a lot of online flash fiction contests providing excellent opportunities to hone your skills. 
How does the submission process work?
Simple. Submit your flash fiction by email with Penny Fiction in the subject line.  No attachments, no cover letter, no links, no long lists of previously published work. That stuff doesn’t impress me. Good writing does. So, just your submission within the body of the email followed by one interesting fact about yourself in under twenty words. No cut ‘n paste author bios.
So, in other words, you don’t want a long list of publishing credits.
No. Undertakers, cat herders and favorite colors earn extra points. If I do not find you interesting, I reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.
Q&A with Savannah Renée and Penny Dreadful continued in the Summer 2012 issue of From the Depths.
To submit your flash fiction entry, please see our Submissions page for more details.
MEET THE EDITOR: PENNY DREADFUL
Open Calls for Submission
Submission Guidelines
From the Depths: Scattered Pennies
The editors at Haunted Waters Press would like to welcome Penny Dreadful to the editorial staff of From the Depths. A lover of flash fiction, Penny has been hounding us for months to dedicate a new section of the journal to extremely short works of fiction. Her relentless badgering finally paid off. Beginning with the Summer 2012 issue, Penny Fiction will become a regular feature of the journal. Senior Editor, Savannah Renée sat down with Penny for a little Q&A session in hopes to give our readers and contributors a bit of an introduction to the newest member of  our staff. Here’s an excerpt:
WARNING: On occasion she can be a bit dreadful.
On behalf of Haunted Waters Press, welcome to From the Depths. Has it really been months since you first proposed the idea of a flash fiction feature?
It’s been a bloody long while, I know that. Since the debut of the Winter 2011 issue, I think. It was exciting to see a new literary journal with such an appreciation for flash fiction. I knew then I wanted to work with you. 
Well, we apologize for making you wait, but now that you’re here, what are your goals?
I want to give flash fiction an even bigger presence in the journal. I think dedicating a section of each issue to extremely short works of fiction will do that. Each installment of Penny Fiction will have different guidelines. For the summer issue, we are running a contest for a single sentence story. No theme. Just a well written and complete story in thirty words or less.
Do contributors get extra points for keeping the issue’s theme in mind?
Well I’m not handing out stars or anything. Theme related submissions are encouraged, but not required. I’ve seen what your contributors can accomplish when they are allowed to write outside the theme. I think we’ll surprise you.
I’m sure. What kinds of stories are you looking for?
Good ones. 
I see. Then can you tell us what makes a work of flash fiction good?
Flash fiction is an art. I’m looking for a complete story, full of imagery, using as few words as possible. 
Can you offer any advice to our contributors who are new to flash fiction?
To create quality flash fiction, writers need to learn to take their writing down to the bare bones. Really focus on word choice. Most writers of flash fiction will tell you that they toil over each and every word.  And practice! There are a lot of online flash fiction contests providing excellent opportunities to hone your skills. 
How does the submission process work?
Simple. Submit your flash fiction by email with Penny Fiction in the subject line.  No attachments, no cover letter, no links, no long lists of previously published work. That stuff doesn’t impress me. Good writing does. So, just your submission within the body of the email followed by one interesting fact about yourself in under twenty words. No cut ‘n paste author bios.
So, in other words, you don’t want a long list of publishing credits.
No. Undertakers, cat herders and favorite colors earn extra points. If I do not find you interesting, I reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.
Q&A with Savannah Renée and Penny Dreadful continued in the Summer 2012 issue of From the Depths.
To submit your flash fiction entry, please see our Submissions page for more details.
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