Huzzah for Another Acceptance: Fiction

Lifeguard Chair
The Summers of Carefully

Man, when it rains around here …

Although this newly accepted short-short is about the beach**.

Actually, it is about healthy lust.

Actually, it is about female sexual autonomy. And imagined sexual normalcy. And, oh, the way lifeguards smell.

The Summers of Carefully: July or August in Right Hand Pointing, one of those small, electronic publications I discussed in my previous post–the sort of  journal that could reach millions of readers if I promote correctly.

**Actually, this newly accepted short short is also about the beach.

A second publication in Treehouse.

A few weeks back, the literary magazine Treehouse published my fiction short-short, “Crashing.”

Treehouse asks each author to come up with a list of five things to write about. Whatever five things we want to write about.

I tried to be funny; I did. Funny always catches more bees. Given the nature of “Crashing,” however, my list turned out to be:

 5 Things a Survivor Needs to Learn.






Movie! Movie! Semi-finalist?


Congratulations! You are officially a quarter-finalist

in the 2017 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest!

The announcement of the semi-finalists was supposed to be today.heart

Yesterday, quarter-finalists received an e-mail saying the announcement would be delayed until February 19th. According to the e-mail, we all wrote such great short stories that the judges requested extra time.

Did I explain the contest? ScreenCraft Cinematic is looking for short stories to adapt into feature films. Now, wouldn’t that be exciting.

Movie! Movie! I’m a quarter-finalist!


Congratulations! You are officially a quarter-finalist

in the 2017 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest!


Came the e-mail, precisely as above; centered and everything. There were over 1.400 entries. Now were are 500. I will need your good wishes.

How I Got That Story:

Last fall, I received one of those emails writers get, yadada yadada contest yadada. This announcement was different in that they were looking for short stories to adapt into feature films. You could enter for free, or pay $39 for feedback.

I plunked down the $39 and one of my favorite stories, I Wanted Ten (currently on submission at 8 different literary magazines). The feedback was completely positive, so I questioned the value of the exchange, then forgot about it until I received the big news note today.

I would love it if you could hold your breath with me until the semi-finalists are announced on February 14th. heart


How I Got That Story: Dressed Left

The recently published Dressed Left was rejected 24 times before hitting the target with the 25th submission to Crack the Spine.

Not to brag (too much), but Crack the Spine is among the top ten magazines for short fiction.Crack the Spi Cover

Dressed Left is the second story in the issue. If you click to my piece, you can with ease read the rest of the magazine.


You alone can help Alle’s career. Yes, you.

You can leave a small comment on my recent fiction publication.
Crack the Spi Cover
Commenting is a bit of an undertaking. But you love me.
Scroll down a bit. You will see the place for comments.
From the editor – personalized for ME
  • Don’t forget that Alle’s work is now eligible for inclusion in one of our print publications, and we may take feedback left on our website or social media outlets into consideration when reviewing her work for print publication in the future.
  • Also, we will be selecting ONLY ONE author from this issue to be featured in our “Wordsmith” interview series, based on readers’ feedback as well as editorial preference. Possibly Alle?
If you have not yet read Dressed Left, may I present,
weighing in at 223 words: