Xlibris Celebrates Poetry Month, Launches Flash Fiction Contest

by Thomas McKinley

Nearly two decades ago, the largest membership-based nonprofit organization Academy of American Poets founded April as the National Poetry Month. The celebration is considered the world’s largest, with “schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in culture.” The 1996-inaugurated event was inspired by other national celebrations, including Black History Month in February […]

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Xlibris Flash Fiction Writing Contest Mechanics

by Thomas McKinley

Xlibris Turns 18 and We Want YOU To Celebrate with Us! You are invited to join the party by sharing with us your story in exactly 18 words! Write down your original flash fiction story on the Xlbris Facebook page, and we’ll pick the entry that says a lot in just a few words. Show […]

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Your Guide To Flash Fiction Writing

by Thomas McKinley

Greek philosopher Pythagoras imparted these wise words: Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few. Who would have thought his words would presage the popularity of snappy, Twitter-style brevity in today’s social media culture, alas, brimming with excessive outburst from netizens? Flash fiction is the Twitter of literature, with word count ranging […]

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