Flash fiction is a challenging genre to work in. Every word counts and the words you leave out are just as important as the words you leave in; and what you leave in often times must imply what you leave out. Well-written flash fiction is difficult to do. When you add sex to the narrative, the most talented writer may hesitate to try his or her hand at erotic flash fiction.
But if you do succeed in writing a well-written erotic flash fiction story, it is an accomplishment to be justly proud of.
I’m proud of all the stories by the talented contributors that I’ve published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Otherwise I would not have published the stories. Everyone doesn’t make it into the pages of this girlie magazine. The numbers are against you. Not only do you have to be good. You also have to be very lucky. I simply can’t publish every publishable story that I get. I wish I could publish a new story by a contributor every month; but my little girlie magazine is a business and like all businesses it has a bottom line. The Gazette is a paying market with a bottom line and right now the magazine is projected to start operating in the black next year. It’s a goal I’ve been working towards for about two and a half years.
Next month I plan to publish The First Love by Nicci Haydon. Nicci is good and very lucky. I’ve already published several of her erotic stories. Her erotic stories are exactly what I’m looking for: tight writing, insightful characterization, concrete sense details and narrative movement.
If you are a writer of erotic flash fiction, let me encourage you to continue to practice your craft as you search the web for outlets for your work. Eventually, if you are good and lucky, you will find publications that will want to publish your work. And if you are very lucky, one or two of these publications may even pay you for your work. Good luck.
PS All the photos used in this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.