Introducing Mental Papercuts, a new lit mag committed to showcasing the prickliest flash fiction and nonfiction! Also introducing Flashtober, a month-long writing event to help create and share your work!
I’ve had the incredible opportunity to start these new projects with some of the best and brightest writers I know, and I’m so excited to share them with the world! Mental Papercuts officially opens for submissions on November 1st, but in the meantime, we’ve started Flashtober.
What is Flashtober? Inspired by how Inktober provides visual artists an outlet to have fun with their work without pressure, Flashtober offers writers a similar opportunity to create quick bites of flash fiction without the pressure of drawing out their story. Mental Papercuts will post a three-word prompt (noun/verb/adjective) each day during the month of October, and from that, writers can create! They can take the prompt literally, they can take the prompt figuratively, they can throw the prompt out the window and create something entirely different than what the prompt may or may not suggest.
Once they’ve created something, writers are encouraged to share a snippet on social media with the hashtags #flashtober and #mentalpapercuts. This could be a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph, the whole dang thing — whatever bloats your goat! It doesn’t matter how much or what or when or where you share. Flashtober’s main purpose is to have fun!
(And who knows? Maybe you’ll want to submit something to us once Nov. 1st hits 😉)
If you’re reading this, I really hope you think about playing along. Flashtober is going to be a lot of fun, and the more people sharing their work, the more fun it’s going to be. I’ve never had a write-every-day-for-an-entire-month goal, so this is going to be new for me too, but I’m excited, I’m pumped, I’m a-little-bit terrified, and I’m ready to hit the ground running! Are you?