“Whether or not you write well, write bravely.”
                                                                               Bill Stout
This week I’m looking at markets for very short fiction. Sometimes known as flash fiction, these stories require an economy of words. Are you ready for the challenge of telling a complete story in a few hundred words?
Alive Now is a publication of the Upper Room. The magazine is open to meditations and inspirational stories between 250 and 400 words. Payment is 14 cents a word.
Devozine is another inspirational magazine, open to inspirational and contemporary fiction between 150 and 250 words. Payment is $25.
Flashquake is a quarterly ezine that publishes flash fiction under 1000 words — though shorter is better. They’re open to any fiction, but prefer not to see romance, horror, hard-core science fiction, vampires or religious fiction. Pays $5 to $25.
The Funny Times welcomes short, humorous stories 500 to 700 words. They’re particularly interested in satire and political humor. Pays $60.
newWitch wants “stories related to pagan spirituality or magical practice’ Stories should be between 100 and 500 words.  Payment is 2 cents a word, with a minimum of $15.
Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research beginning May 1st. This is the year the auction is poised to break $1 million. And there are so many cool things up for grabs: an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii from Jane Porter, a Writers for New Orleans package courtesy of Heather Graham, AuthorBuzz promotional services thanks to MJ Rose, Lunch with Diana Gabaldon, Catherine Coulter, Barry Eisler and/or others, and more editor/agent evaluations than ever before. New this year is a writing contest via which you could win a 6-month mentorship with Brenda that includes guaranteed reads from her agent and editor. Register at http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com The person who places the highest number of bids in the first week (whether that person actually ends up winning any of the auction items or not) will receive an iPad!