Work in Jellyfish Review and Syntax & Salt – forthcoming with Atticus Review

Hello! A lot has happened since my last blog post. We’ve brought our second daughter into the world, and she’s now five months old. We’ve also been dealing with a new medical diagnosis.

In the midst of it, I’m excited to share recent publications! My flash fiction piece, “Tuesday,” was published with Syntax & Salt in June (originally appeared on Ellipsis Zine), and my story, “After the Vital Signs,” was published in this month’s issue of Jellyfish Review just a few days ago! Two very different pieces–I’m honored to be in both publications. I hope, if you check out my pieces, that you read the other work published on these sites–it’s wonderful!

I’ve also just gotten the news that I’ll have a piece of creative nonfiction published for the first time–forthcoming with Atticus Review! It was a difficult piece for me to write, as I process what’s been going on the past few months, but it is an important piece for me.

I’m more often on Twitter these days, so look for me there @Emi_Livingstone. Hope all are well.


“The Hero’s Shadow” – Flash Fiction published with The Molotov Cocktail, issue 8.17

I’m very excited that The Molotov Cocktail published my piece, “The Hero’s Shadow” as part of their issue 8.17 today! I originally wrote this story for their Flash Hero contest, and I got very attached to it, and I’m glad it found this home! I hope you’ll take a read and check out the other two fabulous stories by John Holland and Carl Napolitano.

As we get ready to welcome baby #2 to the family, I’m trying to stay on top of my reading, writing, and submitting for another few weeks, before I anticipate somewhat of a hiatus!

Molotov Cocktail issue-8-17

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“Chick,” pub. with Jersey Devil Press, and other news

It’s been a little while since I’ve written here. I have been keeping busy with life, but still finding time for writing, submitting, and meeting with my fabulous writers’ group. I have news on a few fronts.

I’m very excited to have my flash fiction piece, “Chick,” published in this month’s issue of Jersey Devil Press Magazine. I’m glad this piece has found a home, and psyched that that home is with JDP Magazine! I hope you’ll read the whole issue–some great writing there! (and great cover art!)

I also have a flash fiction story, “Tuesday,” forthcoming with Ellipsis Zine. Many writers I admire have published there, so I’m very pleased to be among them, and glad that “Tuesday” found its place–another piece that I care a lot about!

In non-literary news, I’m just past halfway through my second pregnancy. I hope you’ll hold good thoughts for my little-one-to-be, who should be joining our family in late April. We’ve told our daughter that she will have a little sister, but, as you can imagine, it is pretty abstract for our two-year-old so far.

I have been more active on Twitter lately, so I hope to connect with you there as I continue to write, grow a human inside me, and try to be more diligent with this blog.  : )

Happy Halloween! – Enjoy the Halloween Issue of The Molotov Cocktail

Happy Halloween! My flash fiction piece, “Comeviatorum,” was published today with The Molotov Cocktail in their Halloween Mega-Issue as part of their Flash Monster contest. My piece placed 9th. I’m just getting started reading the great pieces there. The winning story, “Moist,” by Erin O’Shea is fantastically frightening with perfect imagery and some nods to the fairy tale. You’ve got to read it!


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“Listening to the Animals” takes 1st place in The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Worlds contest!

Hello!  Exciting news this week!  My flash fiction story, “Listening to the Animals,” was awarded first place in The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Worlds contest!  I’m honored and more excited than it’s easy for me to express!  I hope you’ll check out my story and the others in the issue.  I also love the cover art and the image they put with my story.


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Click here to go to The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Worlds Mega Issue 

I’m reading my way through, and I can confirm that the 2nd and 3rd place stories by Celia Daniels and Christina Dalcher are fantastic.  I’m going to be haunted by their worlds for some time.  I’ve also already read FlashDog Voima Oy’s story, which earned 7th place, and it is beautiful!


The Molotov Cocktail Flash Felon Contest

The results of The Molotov Cocktail‘s Flash Felon contest are in!  The contest asked for flash fiction stories containing a crime.  I was psyched to have my story, “Everything Must Go,” come in 4th!  I’ve just gotten back to submitting lately, and this was a big boost for me!  I’m still learning how to carve out writing time now that I’m balancing life with my daughter.  This was a great contest, and I enjoyed writing for it.

If you like short stories with a criminal element, check out the link below and definitely read the top ten!  I’m still working my way through the list, but I’ve read the winning story, by Jan Kaneen, and it’s fantastically eerie.

The Molotov Cocktail‘s Flash Felon Mega-Issue

New FlashDogs Anthology: Time

A few days ago, the third FlashDogs Anthology, Time, was published in both paper and ebook formats!

The FlashDogs are a group of writers who became connected online, mostly through different flash fiction writing contests.  This anthology includes a variety of flash fiction from authors who hail from all over.  All writers wrote in response to three images (representing past, present, and future), but these very short stories show a lot of different styles and viewpoints.  I’ve enjoyed reading stories from the other contributors online in various contests as well as in the past two anthologies.  I’ve learned a lot more about the possibilities flash fiction provides, and I’ve had fun!


I was lucky enough to write for the previous anthology set, Solstice (Light and Dark), and wrote again for this one, though with the end of my pregnancy and then baby’s unexpected early arrival, I only got one story in this time!

If you’re a fan of flash fiction, I encourage you to take a look at Time and the other anthologies, as well as the FlashDogs website.  All royalties from the sale of Time go to the charity, The Book Bus.

Fall Issue of Chiron Review with My Short Story, “Refuge”!

The Fall 2015 issue of Chiron Review is out!  Editor Michael Hathaway is calling this issue “The Brautigan Issue,” as it includes “unpublished prose” from writer Richard Brautigan, as well as an introduction by Ianthe Brautigan, also a writer and Richard Brautigan’s daughter.

Chiron 101 cover

The issue includes several pieces of poetry, prose, and art by a variety of writers and artists.  I’ve ordered my paper copies and can’t wait until they arrive!  I’m honored and excited to be in this publication and eager to get reading.

Chiron Review is available in both print and ebook formats here:

For a description of Issue #101, Fall 2015, click here:

Three Line Thursday Light Lines Anthology Release! Happy National Poetry Day!

Exciting news!

Three Line Thursday

I’ve tried, as often as I can, to participate in the weekly competition run by poet Grace Black, Three Line Thursday.  Each week, Grace provides an inspiring image as a prompt, and asks that people write three lines (no more than 10 words per line) in response.  Anyone can participate by posting three lines in the comment section of the week’s competition page.  There is a fantastic community of writers there who are talented and supportive of one another.  On Saturday of each week, a winner, runners up, and special challenge winner are announced.

I’ve had a wonderful time challenging myself to get as much meaning as I can into 30 words or fewer.  I’ve learned a lot from reading the work of other talented writers there, and through this process.  I’m grateful to Grace for this continuing opportunity.

Over the past year, I’ve been honored to place in the top a few times, and even to be the winner once!  I was very excited to hear that Grace was planning to put together an anthology of poetry from the first full year of Three Line Thursday, including all the winners.  The poetry anthology was released today, October 8, 2015, just in time for National Poetry Day!  Winning poems from the past year appear in the collection, and Grace also gave us the chance to write an additional poem, following the same guidelines, for this year’s National Poetry Day theme: Light.

The anthology is called Light Lines.

I’ve ordered my copy and can’t wait to read the talented writers included there and be inspired, as I am every week at Three Line Thursday!  Thanks, Grace!

Speaking of Three Line Thursday, it is, in fact, Thursday, so it’s time to write and try out this fun and inclusive competition!  Or, as Grace would say, “come lay down ink” with the Three Line Thursday crowd!  If you order the anthology, let me know what you think!

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