Flash Prose Submission Call Announcement!

Sonora Review is proud to announce the opening of a new category of submissions: flash prose! Starting July 15th, 2017, we will be accepting submissions through our Submittable for pieces that are 1000 words or less. Due to their length and higher frequency of publication, these pieces will most often be published online, but may also be considered for publication in our print issues. From July 15th to August 15th, there will be no submission fees for this call.

For flash prose submissions, Sonora is excited about that which is, above all else, brave and inventive, be it fiction, creative non-fiction, poetically-slanted, or something in-between. We seek work that challenges convention – through form, through content, through voice. Show us the world as it is and it could be. Make us uncomfortable, thrilled. Make us understand something new.

Our first flash prose pieces will start showing up on the website in Fall 2017. So get those pieces polished and ready to submit and watch this space for more!

short short short story by Kulpreet Yadav

The Traffic

The vehicles, the people, the animals, all swam around me like a badly directed movie. But Rita wasn’t there. A buffalo chased a dog and was hit by a car. I sneezed and suddenly she was there. I blinked, smiled. A dog ran past chased by a group of dogs, barking, bringing the world to an end. I wished to cross the road; Rita waved, her scarf running away from her, dancing in the wind. An elephant, cars, a camel, a family of pigs, cars, buses, auto-rickshaws, cars, and a donkey; but Rita was gone.

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Kulpreet Yadav is an author who lives in New Delhi, India and loves to hate the traffic on its roads.

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send short short short stories (under 100 words) to jersmith@email.arizona.edu  … include a bio (short) if you’d like your piece published with one. i like it when things happen in the story. so make it happen.

short short short story by Michael McCanne

An Annotated History of the Glasnost Cabaret

The Glasnost Cabaret had it its first and only showing in the autumn of 1986, performed on a secondary stage of a no-name theater in the periphery of East Berlin. The young and beautiful actors stripped naked. A child, dressed as Stalin and riding a man in a Honecker[1] mask, chased them with a horsewhip around a sparsely decorated stage. One reviewer wrote that it was “as if the Marquis de Sade had been reincarnated into the body of socialism.” In the days that followed, the reviewer was also arrested.

[1] Erich Honecker, Chairman of the Council of State 1971-1989 – German Democratic Republic

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Michael McCanne is an editor at Lightful Press and a book artist who lives on the periphery of the European Economic Zone.

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send short short short stories (under 100 words) to jersmith@email.arizona.edu  … include a bio (short) if you’d like your piece published with one. i like it when things happen in the story. so make it happen.

short short short story by Ledia Xhoga

Glass

Sundays, my neighbor brings his glass collection out on his lawn. His Korean girlfriend sits next to him, petting a cat on her lap. She waves at everyone, as if she were queen of the town. The neighbor cleans his crystal and peers through it at the sun.

Today, the girlfriend’s lap is empty, her eyes red. The neighbor is holding a vase and drops it on the ground. There are shards all over the grass. I pick up the cat and we observe them from behind the curtain.

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Ledia Xhoga was born and raised in Tirana, Albania. After a short career in publishing in NYC, she now lives in Austin and studies creative writing at Texas State University.

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send short short short stories (under 100 words) to jersmith@email.arizona.edu  … include a bio (short) if you’d like your piece published with one. i like it when things happen in the story. so make it happen.

short short short story by Ken Smith

Private Club

I was a member now–secret handshake, passcodes, duties and privileges. Outside on the street I could spot other members too. I saw them take advantage, steal for themselves, and smile it all away. In the bylaws I saw this was our right.

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Ken Smith’s Michiana Chronicles radio essays are broadcast on WVPE, the National Public Radio affiliate for the region around South Bend, Indiana.

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send short short short stories (under 100 words) to jersmith@email.arizona.edu  … include a bio (short) if you’d like your piece published with one. i like it when things happen in the story. so make it happen.