Flash in the Pan


A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights

Writers have a lot in common with the prospectors who swarmed California in the 19 th century-gold seekers set alight by visions of undiscovered riches. We literary treasure hunters work harder than any sane person should, chipping away at solid, unyielding rock or washing the gravel of parsimonious streambeds. It's a solitary, demanding life, and most of the time, all we end up with are a few pinches of bright dust that threaten to slip through our fingers. But gold is gold, no matter its size. These small strikes keep us fed and our dreams of the mother lode alive.

Tiny Lights Publications honors the flash in the pan, those shining flecks of pure gold that often appear when we least expect them, when our hunger for bigger prizes is temporarily sated, when we relax and take the time to look at what's really in our hands.

We are seeking pieces of writing that may have first appeared on a napkin, in a journal, or as a dream. 500 words or less, they are impossible to explain or categorize, and equally impossible to forget. These small gems will be posted quarterly on the Tiny Lights website. See guidelines below.



Eleventh Flash


Connection by Nancy Considine
My Bald Buddhist Love by Kristyn Appleby
by Anne Archer
Travel Musings by Jo Lauer
A Life Distilled by Meg House
Baby Boomer Am I by Robert Koslowsky
Basic Brown by B.j. Yudelson
One Honeybee by Kathryn Devereaux
Night Scents by Alegria Imperial
Images Of Truth by Carol J. Howard
In The Garden by Shannon Zimmerman

Tenth Flash


Emergency Room by Jack Swenson
The Ambulance by Antonia Albany
On Dandelions by Alegria Imperial
A Similar Fate by Melanie Surani
Mr. Parker 1972 by Andrea Marcusa
Catch Of The Day by Barbara Toboni
Raking The Beach by Marion Agnew
The Christmas Box by Suzanne Aubin
Untitled by Jo Lauer
Bad Habits by Brian Pietras

Ninth Flash


Ungodly by Joseph F. Lynch
Got To Go by Lisa Romeo
Lost Star by Arlene L. Mandell
Down Home by Kay Poiro
East Coast by Anne Archer
Walking Man by Marion Agnew
Bookworm Family by B.j. Yudelson
My Head Has A Zipper by Greta B. Ward
O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? by Jack Swenson
Turkeys Have Invaded by Richard Comfort

Eighth Flash


Dead End by Jo Lauer
The Knife by Farrell Winter
Beans by G. David Schwartz
Alone In The Dark by Margot Miller
I Thought I Was Asleep by Catherine Montague
Puppy Love by Jack Swenson
We Never Talk About It by Laurel Ollstein
Tech Support by David Macpherson
My Anthem by Bryon D. Howell
Frantic by Suzanne Aubin
Screwed Again by Lauran G. Strait
It's Hard In Here For A Wimp by Arlene L. Mandell

Seventh Flash


The Cycle Of Balloons by Lucy Baker
Secret Quarters by Rodney L. Merrill
Too Much Of A Good Thing by Judith Bradshaw-rouse
Cleaning Up by Christine Falcone
Birthday Presents by Karen Mcgarry
With A Little Help From Marion by Scott Eggerding

Sixth Flash


Writer Garb by Kat Meads
360 Degrees Of Failure by Kathleen Lynch
Over Easy by Carol Howard
Seeing Friends by Paula K. Speck
Not This Time by Cristie Marcus
Found by Kim Mallin
Forced Watch by Barbara Shine
Love Tycoon by Kim Bromley
Willy's by Larry Maxcy
Spinning by Robert Kostuck
Verbal Burnouts Big Time! by Phylis Ann Warady

Fifth Flash


Hold by Barbara Spicer
Smell Of Rubber by Tony Johnson
The Sins Of The Father by Glenn Mccrea
Punctuation by Kate Willens
Drawn To The Light by Suzanne R. Thurman
Le Pilier (the Pier) by Julian Lindemuth
River by Leslie Curchack
Party Time by Viola Hargadine
Rules by Terry Law
New Moon by Diane Larae Bodach
We Don't Talk About It by Amy Zimmer
Hearing Colors by Armand Gelpi

Fourth Flash


Care Packages by Betty Winslow
Home by Kathleen Lynch
Tres Hermanas by Ken Rodgers
Friday Night by Charles Markee
Vernal Desire by Annie Scott
Forgetting by Christine Falcone
First Encounter by Kathleen Lynch
A Blessing Of Sweeping by Ginger Child

Third Flash


Subterranean Howl by Carol Howard
Western Spirits by Lynn Edge
Memory Slip by Elizabeth Kern
When I Call by Arlene Mandell
First Cut by Kathleen Beard
Striking Out by Glenn Mccrea
I Was Just One Of The Whites by Anne E. Silber
Mountain Summer by Sindee Ernst
Life After Seinfeld by Robin Leslie Jacobson
Tonight by Susan Bono

Second Flash


The Sheik by Ken Rodgers
Something Good by Christine Falcone
Wet Leaves & Fire by Lakin Khan
Drunk With Togetherness by Lisa Libowitz
Closet Door by Carol Howard

First Flash


Coat Tale by Liz Hannon
No Place Like It by Kathleen Lynch
Touch by Sindee Ernst
A Conversation In Yucca Valley by Larry Maxcy
Basic Ingredients by Mella Mincberg

Twelfth Flash


Standing At The Intersection by Thane Thompson
A Troubled Soul by Ankur Agarwal
What 007 Means To Me by Robert Koslowsky
Six Inches Of Looped Cord by Mary Earhart
To My Mother, For Whome Concrete Is Enough And Sex Too Much by Susan Lamont
After A Snow Storm: A Reflection by Alegria Imperial
Be Still My Heart by Lee Rowley
The M Word by Maggie Manning
Kolkata (calcutta) Jain Priest by Hyla Bolsta
Pavane by Eva Silverfine
By The Lake by Centa Theresa
The Winner by Betty Allison


Flash in the Pan Guidelines

  1. These prose pieces must be no more than 500 words and written from the first-person point of view ("I" narrator).
  2. Author must hold rights, which will revert to author after publication.
  3. Submit via email to editor@tiny-lights.com.
  4. Write "Flash in the Pan" in the subject box of the email to facilitate placement.
  5. Please give us a bio! Include your name, city and state, and any pertinent information about you or your piece in a statement of no more than 50 words. Links encouraged.
  6. Work deemed offensive by the editor will not be posted.
  7. New material will be posted approximately four times a year: January, April, July and October. Because of such long posting cycles, we encourage simultaneous submissions. Please inform us if your work becomes unavailable.
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