KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Photo of Kelley Marie Smith
In memoriam:
Kelley Marie Smith,
5 July 1980 –
30 July 2011


Thank you for dropping by. At KYSO Flash we seek to publish one-of-a-kind works of art and memorable literature. We celebrate very short forms, up to 1,000 words each, and our journal offers a smorgasbord of delicacies:

  •  Prose poetry
  •  Flash and micro-fiction
  •  Hybrid forms such as haibun
  •  Essays and creative nonfiction
  •  Photographs, drawings, and fine art
  •  Poetry, both free verse and structured

Short forms are deceptively difficult to write well, and though they take only a few minutes to read, the best resonate far longer than that. Perhaps for a lifetime. We are dedicated to searching for and publishing such gems—please dive in to see the latest we’ve found for you!

How does this happen? ... How does a stranger through language reach inside your chest to crush or cradle your heart?
... What other art form is so powerful?
— Sean Thomas Dougherty, from the interview
“Four Questions for Sean” in Green Briar Review
(Issue 1.3, Summer 2013); quoted here by permission

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