First work on JMWW for 2020

JMWW Journal starts 2020 with a lovely nonfiction flash by Alice Lowe. I allegedly edited, but Alice made my job really easy. Congrats, Alice!

Alle curates special issue “In the Pocket” – Flash Nonfiction all week at jmww

This week, all week, jmww journal is publishing a special issue: all flash nonfiction, all week. Titled “In the Pocket,” pieces 350 words of fewer have been running as of last Friday.  New pieces post every day, through this coming Friday.

By way of a preview, please follow along as Walburga Appleseed wrestles with a question that continues to plague this nation, down to the individual.

What It Is by Walburga Appleseed

“It’s just a blob,” says the counselor on the other end of the line. “Just a blob of cells. It doesn’t even have a heartbeat yet.”

She is trying to be helpful and kind, and I want to believe her, but the thing that invited itself into my womb is not a blob. It is a universe.


blue dancingSeptember 10

  • Saskatchewan by Mindy Haskins Rogers
  • You and I Were Never Going to Trade Spare Keys by H.E. Fisher
  • Philoxenia by Lisa Reily


peachesSeptember 11

  • Maybe in the Fall by Sue Repko
  • A Daughter’s Plea by Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar


September 12

  • Stop Everything You’re Doing, and Observe Carefully the Numbers by Mark Budman


September 13

  • Boys in the Snow by Samantha Claire Updegrave
  • Coronach by Linda Kempe


September 14

  • Fat Black Woman With No Ass But Breasts That Make Up For It by Katherine D. Morgan



Chelsea Biondolillo shares her famous list of markets for Flash Nonfiction

Chealsea is nice.
Chealsea is nice.

In a move of astounding generosity, writer Chelsea Biondolillo is sharing what must have been hundreds of hours of research: a list of markets and the perfect cover letter:



Dear Ms. Brown / nonfiction editor,

Thank you for considering the attached flash prose, “My Tiniest Essay,” for publication in ThePushcart Machine Review. The word count is approximately 250, and this is a simultaneous submission.


Chelsea Biondolillo


Here is your link, ABSOLUTELY FREE, for no reason other than Chelsea Biondolillo is a generous person.

Flash Nonfiction Markets.

How I Got That “Mahatma”: Dinty W. Moore discusses short nonfiction with NOT ME.

Dinty Moore: some call him Mahatma.

River Teeth Journal just posted an interview with Dinty Moore. In founding and editing Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, Moore has played a large part in defining what we think of as short (or flash) nonfiction.

I interviewed Moore circa. 2006, during his tour to promote The Accidental Buddhist. This is not that interview.

I wish I had been blogging in 2006. About Childhood has a running feature called How I Got That Story, where I interview authors about the path to their first book. (Search on How I Got That Story.) Had I been blogging in 2006: a) I’d probably have a book out by now; and b) I would post that interview.

Since I wasn’t, why … Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to you … someone else’s conversation with Dinty Moore!

Why did you choose 750 words as the maximum for Brevity submissions?

I felt a 500-word maximum was too short and 2,000 words too long.

The adage “show don’t tell” is something many readers expect from memoir, yet in more than a few Brevity essays – such as “Sam at the Gun Show” by Greg Bottoms – telling is prominent.

The writer who is sensitive to word choice and rhythm and the power of the intimate detail can do a lot of telling. There’s a difference, too, between telling and explaining. I advise my students to show the most, tell a little bit, and never explain.

What’s imperative for a short piece that’s different in a longer piece?

Everything is dialed up in a shorter piece. The first paragraph of a brief essay has to do what the first chapter of a memoir does.

What assumptions do others seem to have about flash nonfiction?

Many assume a flash piece is an excerpt from a longer work. Sometimes a significant moment out of a chapter or a long essay can stand alone, but we’re getting more and more pieces that clearly could never work in the longer form because the energy of the piece hinges on the rapid fire sharing of information, and the urgency of having to fit it into a {750 word.–Ed.} frame is what makes it powerful.

What are some other journals you recommend for short nonfiction?

Sweet, Blip, Alimentum, Fringe Magazine, Defunct, South Loop Review, Flashquake, 400 Words, Underwired Magazine, 751 Magazine, Diagram, and The Sun’s “Readers Write” section.

The above is a highly edited version of the original article.

Winner: Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize

Dinty W. Moore, is author of Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues.