Flash Friday: Penny Dreadful’s 42 Lovely Words


John Tenniel’s original illustration Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 The King of Hearts proclaims that Rule Forty-two is the oldest rule in “the book.” The book, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, contains forty-two illustrations and the copyright expired forty-two years after publication. Haunted Waters Press editor, Penny Dreadful, is selecting exceptionally small works of flash fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths.  Extra points will be awarded for entries with a connection to the Summer 2013 theme, and for those writers who adhere to the rules. Not really. There are no points. Just read the contest rules below and impress Penny with your ability to follow instructions.

Theme: Conversations
Media: Online/Electronic/Digital/Print
Publication Date: June 2013
Deadline: May 31, 2013

Here are the abbreviated Penny Fiction/Creative Procrastination submission guidelines:

  • Submit your original, unpublished 42 word story by email. (See link below.)
  • Multiple entries okay. One is fine. Four is cool. Twenty is borderline obnoxious.
  • Include one interesting fact about yourself in under 13 words. No cut ‘n paste author bios. Undertakers and cat herders earn extra points. If we do not find you interesting, we reserve the right to make you appear more interesting.
  • “Like” Haunted Waters Press and Penny Dreadful on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @Haunted_Waters and @PennyFiction

***The fine print: Penny Fiction is a “for the love of the flash” project. Authors receive exposure only, no monetary payment. Not even a penny. Haunted Waters Press holds electronic and print publishing rights for ninety days following publication, archival rights forever. Penny Fiction submissions may also appear online at Haunted Waters Press as Scattered Pennies. Copyright remains with the author. Entry is taken to be acceptance of these conditions and rules, winning authors will sign an Author’s Agreement. Yay for publishing contracts! To submit your entry direct to Penny Dreadful, full submission details with a link to Penny’s email can be found  on the Haunted Waters Press Submissions page.

Good luck!


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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