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Flashquake Under New Leadership, Celebrates Relaunch

Flashquake, an online literary magazine, made a debut March 1 under new leadership, and will soon celebrate the 10th anniversary of its demo issue.

Included in this successful relaunch, of a publication that shuttered doors temporarily while new management could be found, was audio readings by worldwide writers on the web site and a stellar print-on-demand perfect-bound publication, which can be ordered online and includes a free PDF download.

“The successful relaunch was the result of many hours of hard work, hundreds,” said Cindy Bell, a former Alaskan who took over leadership as editor and publisher in January 2011, making improvements to its design and bringing fresh talent to the online and print publications. “I can tell you how hard our team worked, and I’m proud of them”

Most of the all-volunteer staff on this literary magazines are Alaskans or in the University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Fine Arts Program.

Currently submissions are open for the summer issue, which will be the 10th anniversary of Flashquake.  It costs no money to enter, and cash prize money is given to top winners. Also everyone who submits gets a personal response from editors telling why their piece was good or needs improvement.

Flashquake, an independent, quarterly, web-based magazine, focuses on works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor), short poetry and artwork. Flashquake aspires to no less than the publication of literary works of flash and fine art.

Flashquake was founded by Debi Orton in 2001, and to Bell’s knowledge, the term “flash” was coined by her at that time. For more information or to submit a piece of work, visit www.flashquake.org. Deadlines for submission are April 20.

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