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.



Thirty-first Flash


March 30, 1968 by Ken Rodgers
The Kindest Greeting by Craig Harris
Morning At Point Reyes by Lorraine Babb
How To Knit A Nest by Liza Prunuske
Summertime Ain't No Time To Sing About by Wayne Scheer
Ymca by Ted Scott
Eavesdropping by Mella Mincberg
Mother F***ing Glove by Joan Zerrien
Searching For A Soulmate by Arlene Mandell
My Life #1 by Patti Trimble

Thirtieth Flash


Visit by Betty Rodgers
Surrender by M.j. Iuppa
A Brief History Of My Latest Cell by Gregory Gerard
The Last bar Mitzvah by Eva Silverfine
#64 by Dan Coshnear
Singing Daylight Come And Me Wanna Go Home by Maya Khosla
Hands by Jack Swenson
Every Dog Has His Day by Jack Mcdaniel
Language by Rebecca Lawton
A Weekend At The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station by Susan Bono

Twenty-ninth Flash


Long Distance by Richard Jay Goldstein
Cut Short by Maggie Manning
Closet by Judith Fisher
Kites by Barbarann Ayars
Special Requests: A Haibun by Lynn Edge
A Gate And A Lie by Cathy Bell
Spring In Alta California by Gareth Sadler
A Sighting by Kathleen Fortin
A Spin Or Two by Florence Anrud
The Thing About Autism by Kyra Anderson
The Sounds Of Spring by Wayne Scheer
Things That May Happen With Teeth by Zac Locke
Summer Thunderstorm by Sally Tilbury

Twenty-eighth Flash


Bobolink! by Maggie Manning
Why I Don’t Have A Bucket List by Tanya Grove
Hilde by Rebecca Gaffron
Ode To Basil by Alice Lowe
A Company Merger Is Like A Death by Kay Butzin
There's A Spaceship In The Backyard, Mommy by Debbie Jones-norberto
Flannel Clad Corpse by Jay Halstead
Book Slut Intervention by Trista Wilson
Morning Routine Of A Suburban, Thirty-something Male by Eric Wilder
Blockade by Ariel Whitworth
I Remember by Mary Purdy
Saying Goodbye by Ed Martin
Wilderness by S.c. Kleinhans
The Bell by Gaye Buzzo Dunn
Mama Rescued Me From Lake George by Mimi Peel Roughton
5 A.m. Revival by Paige Kaye

Twenty-sixth Flash


American Mind Over Matter by Mary Glatz
Airport Calls by M.e. Mitchell
Unfinished Dream by Patrice Garrett
Words by Jo Lauer
Orange by Cypress Ducayne
Christmas Spirit by Kay Butzin
Clarity by Fran Claggett
Scent Thief by Carol J. Howard
Somewhere Over Nunavut by Alison Timmons
Before Our Last Goodbye by Judith Kelly Quaempts
Noblesse Oblige by Mimi Peel Roughton
Shady Grove by Catherine Montague
Stitches by Andrea Marcusa

Twenty-seventh Flash


Rainbow by Karn Belgard
Expanding Boundaries by Arlene L. Mandell
Eight by Laurel Aiona
Believe by Carol Hoorn
Wash Day by Kim Tennant
Third Time’s A Charm? by Judy Drechsler
The Beginning Of The End by Linda Melick
Putting Digits In Places They Shouldn't Be by Teresa Oefinger
Evening by Jane Person

Twenty-fifth Flash


Ipod Pilgrim by Cecile Lusby
Gabrielle’s Legacy by Arlene L. Mandell
First Words…..after Brenda Miller by Barbarann Ayars
To Thee I Bequeath by Charlene Bunas
Newt Dance by Elaine Webster
Confession by Jacqueline Doyle
Sermon On The Beach by Linda Loegel
Remembering Mommy by Cathy Bell
The Balloon by Lynn Sunday
Shortcuts! by Teresa Oefinger
Connect-the-dots by Sara Baker
The Tree Of Life by Eva Silverfine
An Unverified Story About My Father by David Macpherson
Early Departure by Risa Nye

Twenty-fourth Flash


The Coat by Sally Weare
A Good Scout by Sally Tilbury
No Magic Involved by Sue Thomas
Snap Judgement by Janet Rene Snyder
Slim by Ken Rodgers
My Life As A Hermit Crab by Sara Baker
Living Without A List by Meg Hanna House
Roadkill by Adrienne Ross Scanlan
The Last Time by Antonia Albany
We Got It Made by Pat Pomerleau Chávez
The 65 Imperial by Sandra Lynn Mallo Adcock
Time Is A Tiger by Joan Zerrien
The Balloon by Lynn Sunday

Twenty-third Flash


Movie by Ted Scott
Wax Angel by Risa Nye
The End Of The World As I Know It by Jack Mcdaniel
Mystery Man by Jeanne Jusaitis
On A Trip Through Utah by Mimi Peel Roughton
Remembrances Of 9/11 by Cheryl Somers Aubin
First Thing In The Morning by Linda C. Wisniewski
The Topcoat by Al Levenson
Generating… by Trudy Woodworth
Moments by Kelley Clink
Another Solstice by Ray Scanlon
Wicker Basket by Nina R. Schneider
There by Pamela Malone
First Snow by Joan Zerrien

Twenty-second Flash


Shock And Shame by Judith Matson
Morning Commute by Sara A. Baker
A Moment In Geologic Time by Judy Drechsler
Dropping Like Flies by Maggie Manning
Reddy Kilowatt by Bruce Lucas
Clearing Brush by Charles Markee
The Rise And Fall Of Plan A by Anne Fox
Of Beavers, Rivers And The Moon by Cindy Salo
The Day I Left Home by Elaine Webster
Moments by Kelly Clink
The Telephone by Janet Caplan
Nobody's Bicycle by Joan Zerrien
Retail Therapy by Suzanne Farrell Smith
And After Swine, Too by T’mara Goodsell

Twenty-first Flash


First Light by Ken Rodgers
Hunting For Arrowheads by Margaret Mary Monahan
Conversation In A Parking Lot by Bruce Lucas
The Mushroom Hunter: A Letter To My Father by David Kashimba
Sleepers, Awake by Ray Scanlon
Friday’s Fireside Room by Sylvia Bailin
Going, Going by Cameo Archer
Meditation On Age And Anchovies by Laura Blatt
Pickup by Ted Scott
Meditation by Tomoko Ferguson
Sounds Of Childhood by Shirley Johnson
Identity Lost by Robert Koslowsky

Nineteenth Flash


Ode To Momma And The Stages Of Grief by Laura Blatt
Off Mulberry Lane by Janet Jennings
Jigsaw Puzzle by Ray Scanlon
Googling Myself by Arlene L. Mandell
A Hard Road by Mike Berger
Wildflower Field by Lynda Crane
Fruition Heart Song: Poetic Prose by Carolyn Reed Hanks

Twentieth Flash


Early Gift by Ray Scanlon
Resupply by Ron Orem
The Distinctive Smell Of Crayons by Margaret Mary Monahan
A Courtly Hat by Jean Wong
Growing Pains by Deborah Jones-norberto
All Is Dread by Maggie Manning
Sunday Breakfast At Willow Wood by Fran Claggett
Why I Need To Learn To Speak Up by Lynn Sunday
Herbie Meets The Sisters Of Villa Marie by Bruce Lucas
The Gold Lace Tablecloth by Kathleen Moynihan Greer
Lightsaber Maintenance, 1978 by Gregory Gerard

Eighteenth Flash


What The Living Do (inspired By Marie Howe’s Poem) by Jane Holly Love
When Frogs Sing by Laura Blatt
Picnic - 1969 by Tom Mcgee
Pididdle by Carol J. Howard
Abilene by Mary Ann Mcguire Mccomber
Sweet Illusion by Lenore Hirsch
Child Walking: Mother’s Day Tribute, 2009 by Mary Gaffney
Storm Clouds by Maggie Manning
Marriage One by Janet Jennings
Power Surges by Elaine Webster
Plug Shooter by John Macdonald
Niagara Falls (for Jon) by Tania Pryputniewicz
Bug Dance by Stacey Dennick
Summer’s Passion by Joan Zerrien

Seventeenth Flash


Coffee by Ariel Whitworth
Our Past Is Made Up Of All Our Best Efforts by Judy Guarnera
My Louisiana Playhouse by Robbie Guidry
Ode To Momma And The Stages Of Grief by Laura Blatt
Alzheimer’s by Jo Lauer
Rock by Janet Caplan
In Defense Of Writing by Mary Ann Mcguire
Showering - 1969 Vietnam Flashback by Tom Mcgee
Nirvana by Ray Scanlon
Ice Cave by Elaine Webster

Sixteenth Flash


Life Slows To A Crawl by Suzanne Farrell
From A Walk Comes Literary Inspiration by Richard Comfort
It Could Have Been Worse by Rebecca Yarrow
This Was What I Wanted by Maria Fregoso
My Garden, Like Me by Linda Loveland Reid
12/25/08 by Ken Rodgers
Picture To The Past by Joseph Rimbeck
Right, J? by Jamie Moore
Memory Of Mimeo by Christy Wise

Fifteenth Flash


The Other Side Of Time (excerpt) by Stephanie Stigers
More Than Genes by Ronda Armstrong
You And I by Kate Jones
In The Annals Of A Couple Of Former Old Ladies by Ken Rodgers
Six, Or Possibly Seven by Dan Coshnear
Notice Me by Barbara Toboni
Car Accident by Ariel Whitworth
Conversation With A Slut by Stacy Muszynski

Fourteenth Flash


Final Cut by Anne Kaier
Sounds Of Night by Alegria Imperial
Youʼre Invited! by Arlene L. Mandell
Books by Gillian P. Herbert
Lost by Gretchen Clark
Cc by Joan Zerrien
Particle Physics by Ken Rodgers
Birds Of A Feather by Kathleen Mcclung
Feel Like Fay Wray by Jonah Raskin
The Great Blue by Kit Croucher
Finding The Missing Piece by Maggie Manning
On Beauty by Leslie Whatley
The Call by Pamela Villars
Reconstructing Janus by Rodney Merrill
Fear Of Passion by Diana Kimberlin

Thirteenth Flash


Still Water by Linda C. Wisniewski
Letting Go by Michelle Baynes
Hushed Haven by B.j. Yudelson
Forget/fullness by Kenna Lee-ribas
19 To 19 by Carol Howard
My Soap Opera by Ginger Child
White Pills by Eric Boehm
4th Grade Fragments by Ken Rodgers
Impaled by Mark R. Trost

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

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

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
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Flash in the Pan Guidelines

  1. These notification 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. Use block paragraph format (Align all type flush left with no paragraph indentations. Double space between paragraphs.) In other words, format your text the way it appears on the website.
  6. 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.
  7. Work deemed inappropriate by the editor will not be posted.
  8. 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. Please inquire if work does not appear as promised. Accidents happen!
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