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Advanced Call for Submissions: DOGZPLOT

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Founded by Barry Graham in 2007 and currently run by Jesse Eagle since 2013, DOGZPLOT has long been my go-to for quality micro-fiction, satisfying readers in 200 words or less. In this sense, DOGZPLOT singlehandedly refutes critics of shorter forms, showcasing reputable flash fiction that doesn’t resort to gimmicks or unearned twists. And since nearly every month offers a new issue of seven solid flashes, DOGZPLOT has become a top venue for those in the know.

What I Love About DOGZPLOT:

  • Variety of Material – I’m consistently impressed by the different approaches used by DOGZPLOT contributors, especially given their restricted medium. As such, readers will find traditional realism narratives side-by-side with mini-essays, genre flashes, and philosophical reflections
  • Lessons in Brevity – Every flash functions as an individual lesson on how to blend tension, pacing, and characterization using as few pieces as possible. Whenever I read some DOGZPLOT stories, all the extraneous words in my own writing become that much more apparent 🙂
  • Lots to Read – Given their small size, pieces can be easily devoured in groups during your everyday breaks, allowing you to race through entire issues from the archive—there’s currently 847 featured stories as of this point, so there’s always something new!

And now I’d like to share some of my favorites. As each story is no more than 200 words, I highly recommend you read these (!):

DOGZPLOT accepts submissions year-round (please respect their 13,491 story limit!)—for more info, check out their website, Facebook or Twitter.

Review by Christopher Morgan

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About the Author

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Christopher Morgan is a Lebanese American prose poet who grew up in Detroit, the Bible Belt of Georgia, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently lives and co-manages Nostrovia! Press. The author of two chapbooks, “Shadow Songs” (Sad Spell Press 2015) and “Fables with Fangs” (Ghost City Press 2016), and the Reviews Coordinator at Alien Mouth, his work has been published at Gargoyle, A cappella Zoo, Voicemail Poems, Bartleby Snopes, DOGZPLOT, and Fruita Pulp, among others. He loves hiking in the redwoods, aphorisms, and happy hour margaritas.

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