As part of promoting the Anthology’s Call for Submission, co-editor, Anne Anthony posted black and white photos as photo prompts. One photo she posted of a tree in the snow felt disorienting to contributor, Angela Kubinec, as if the snow were falling up. The photo inspired her flash fiction, Snow Swept, which she wrote as “a magical thinking kind of thing that describes everything in the world coming undone and drifting upward.” Her intention in writing this story is to deliver a message: “…avoid assuming one knows how a thing works, and how little control we have over outcomes. Involuntary detachment.” The photograph faces the first page of her story in the anthology.
On most days, Angela prefers a very low profile, for her it’s more “important for me to know that serious critical readers are moved by something I have written.” She’s her own worst critic, acting as “a very harsh self-editor” which slows her down. But that’s okay, she’s not driven by a desire to reach large audiences. She writes because she doesn’t know how to stop writing.
There’s certainly downsides to having this compulsion to keep writing. Angela says that sometimes she “ignores important people and things when engaged in any writing. They all disappear to me.”
Angela’s been busy in recent months. She’s assisting in judging the 2017 Lascaux Prize Poetry Competition, a much-desired contest which received well over 500 entries for the 2017 competition. She also keeps busy with writing short stories which keep “percolating in my head.”
One story, 23 Items in Your Gallery of Absent Things, was named a finalist in the 2017 Fiction competition at Black Warrior and later received an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Fall Fiction Open competition. Her advice to writers submitting to literary journals is to know the journal. It’s critical to get to the right market. For other informative advice, check out Angela’s posts in the Dear Editor column on Easy Street.
If you want to read the rest of Snow Swept, check out the anthology available on Amazon. bit.ly/READFLASH.
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