Submit your story for Micro March



Life is short and so is micro fiction.  Just for fun, The Rose City Sisters want to post a new 100-word story every day in March. That’s 31 stories. If we get enough submissions, we’ll publish two a day. Three? It could happen.

Want in? Here are the rules:

• Write a great story in 100 words. Keep it clean. The mothers of other contributors read this blog.
• Give it a snappy title. Three or four words should do it. The words in the title don’t count against the 100-word maximum, but don’t get cute and send in a 300-word title.
• Include your name. (And a tiny bio, if you’d like.)
• Provide a link to your blog or website or social media profile and we’ll publish that, too. Maybe send a few readers your way.
• Submit all of the above in an email to by Sunday, February 28, 2016.  Use the subject line Micro March.  You retain the rights your your work.

Go write something. We’re waiting.


Jonathan Blum’s fiction workshop starts February 7

last-wordJonathan Blum will be teaching a fiction writing workshop in Mid-Wilshire.  Class size is limited to ten and writers of all experience levels are welcome. Classes run February 7 through March 13, 2016. For complete details, visit his website.

Jonathan grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest Review, Other Voices, Playboy, Zaum, and elsewhere.

He has taught fiction writing at The University of Iowa and at Drew University, and is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.


#80 Serious Jewelry by Susan Carrier

When it came to men and dating, Heather had a few mantras. One was, “Every woman should receive at least one piece of serious jewelry from an unserious relationship.”

Her friends knew that her proclamations were 50 percent tongue in cheek and 50 percent bravado. After all, the most serious piece of bling that Heather had ever received was a sequined tree ornament, no doubt procured at an after-Christmas sale.

But that didn’t stop her from hoping, especially after she eyed the impressive diamond collection of Candace, a co-worker with the placid beauty of Gwyneth Paltrow. Candace collected diamonds with the same casual abandon that school boys gather Pokemon cards. When Heather complemented her on a glimmering diamond tennis bracelet, she shrugged, “Oh. This thing? It’s from that stock broker I dated last year.”

When Heather remarked on a diamond necklace, she was equally blasé. “I took the diamonds in a ring from the car dealer I dated and had my jeweler remake it into this.” Continue Reading


Story Kitchen classes start January 20

kitchenYou have the ingredients. All you need is the recipe.

Petrea Burchard and John Sandel invite Pasadena-area writers to start cooking in 2016.

Story Kitchen classes begin January 20, 2016 at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.  Four students meet for four classes for just $199. Sign up at the store (1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA) or by phone at 818-790-0717.

Questions? Email ’em to


Fire up that keyboard and start writing


Start 2016 off right by entering a contest. Here are a few to get you started:

Word count: 500 max.
Deadline: 2/26/16
Click for details.

Fish Publishing
Word count: 300 max.
Deadline: 2/28/16
Click for details.

Women on Writing
Word count: 250 to 750
Deadline: 2/29/16
Click for details.

Word count: 800
Deadline: 3/1/16
Click for details.

If you know of contests with deadlines in March, April or May, email the details to