Pointer #14 – Short, Fast, and Deadly

* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to Short, Fast, and Deadly.

It’s remarkable to see how fiction writing is adapting to emerging technologies. Short, Fast, and Deadly limits each piece to 420 characters– the maximum length of a Facebook status update– while Nanoism, escarp, and Seedpod go even more minimal with Twitter’s 140 character limit. A lot of the pieces employ the joke format while others play with the negative space of what is unsaid. I’ve found that writing microfiction helps to sharpen my own writing. It’s also fun to submit them since responses tend to come swiftly.

About Short, Fast, and Deadly:

Welcome to Short, Fast, and Deadly. An eLit Mag where brevity reigns and the loquacious are sent to contemplate their sins in the rejection bin. Don’t be afraid. Write Short. Write Fast. Above all, write Deadly. You’ll be fine.

Fiction excerpt:

from Rolling Stone, 6 May 71, when They Published Poetry by Mark James Andrews

Dear Mark, Bitches Brew reads kind of old fashioned, all the long Latinate words of gothic Satanism. The 2nd untitled poem is just a defensive piece of verbal magic to wipe somebody out in absentia.

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