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What’s happened to SpeckLit?

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There haven’t been any new drabbles since the end of July? Why?

It turns out I don’t have the time or energy to dedicate to the webzine so that you, the reader, get a high quality experience.

SpeckLit has been a labor of love for me because I believed that the world needed a venue for short short fiction.

However, I’ve always been a advocate of “do what you love” and a strong anti-advocate for doing things out of obligation. So, when my energy and enthusiasm started moving away from SpeckLit (due to changes in my day-to-day life), I knew it was time to step back before I stopped loving the webzine and started seeing it as a chore.

Many thanks to all those who have contributed in our nearly 3 year run! And if you’re new to SpeckLit, we hope you enjoy the extensive archive of excellent 100-word speculative fiction.


The Best Of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter Winners & 3rd Quarter Voting

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From April to June, 2014 we published some fantastic stories (as always), but there were three that stood out in our readers’ minds. The top Reader Choice story from the 2nd Quarter of 2014 was:

Congrats! The author will be receiving a gift certificate to her favorite online bookstore.

Our second and third place stories (whose authors will also recieve gift certificates) were:

Thanks to everyone who voted!

And speaking of voting, it’s past time we got you voting for the best stories of the 3rd Quarter (July to September, 2014).

We invite you to use the form below to vote on your top three stories. The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates. Votes must be received by the 30th of November. Winners will be announced during the 1st Quarter of 2015.

The Best of SpeckLit 3rd Quarter 2014

Enter the name of your top 3 stories in the spaces provided. To refresh your memory, you can visit any of them by clicking on the story title. Only one set of votes per email address allowed. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than confirm the validity of the vote. At the end of the month, they will be discarded.

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As always, thank you for helping make SpeckLit the place on the web for micro-fiction.


The Best Of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014 – Reader Choice Voting

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Another three months have passed and as of July 1st, SpeckLit started with a third round of authors and drabbles, meaning it’s time once again to celebrate the best stories that have appeared on the site from April to the end of June.

And this time there are more of them! In April we stepped up from publishing once every three days to every other day, bring us to 14 authors and 46 stories.

And just like last time, we need help picking the best stories from the 2nd Quarter just as you did for the 1st Quarter.

We invite you to use the form below to vote on your top three stories. The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates. Votes must be received by the 31st of August. Winners will be announced the first week of September.

The Best of SpeckLit 2nd Quarter 2014

Enter the name of your top 3 stories in the spaces provided. To refresh your memory, you can visit any of them by clicking on the story title. Only one set of votes per email address allowed. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than confirm the validity of the vote. At the end of the month, they will be discarded.

  1. Scarf by Samantha Lienhard
  2. Skyjacked by Alison McBain
  3. The Midas Tuque by Ken MacGregor
  4. Homecoming by Stewart C Baker
  5. Protocol by Simon Petrie
  6. A Heartbeat Away by Erin M. Hartshorn
  7. In the Loop by Rob Butler
  8. The Other Woden by Ken MacGregor
  9. Beginner’s Luck by Rose Blackthorn
  10. Clippings by Kevin G. Bufton
  11. Numb by Samantha Lienhard
  12. Latte by M.M. DeVoe
  13. Teleporter Blues by Erin M. Hartshorn
  14. Scales of Justice by Simon Petrie
  15. The Tale of the Patchwork Pig by Kevin G. Bufton
  16. No Chance by Rob Butler
  17. Lesson Learned by Holly Schofield
  18. Jack and the Aftermath by Ken MacGregor
  19. Eventful Flight by Simon Petrie
  20. Cursed by Samantha Lienhard
  21. An Endless Vibrato by Stewart C Baker
  22. The Cabin Boy on the Widow’s Walk by Bryce Hughes
  23. Ghostwriter by Erin M. Hartshorn
  24. Tourists in Hell by Alison McBain
  25. Patience by Rob Butler
  26. Monsters by Samantha Lienhard
  27. Avoidance of Eye Contact by Simon Petrie
  28. Ghost of a Smile by Ken MacGregor
  29. Oh! The Places I’d Go! by Katherine McCarthy
  30. The Other Half by KJ Kabza
  31. Sacrifices by Rose Blackthorn
  32. Closure by Holly Schofield
  33. In Passing by Rob Butler
  34. Cooked by M. M. De Voe
  35. Reasonable Wear and Tear by Simon Petrie
  36. Tourists by KJ Kabza
  37. Ghost Detective by Erin M. Hartshorn
  38. The Unexpected Suitor by Bryce Hughes
  39. Cantankerous Bones by Ken MacGregor
  40. Across the River by Samantha Lienhard
  41. Half the Man by Simon Petrie
  42. Ready to Go by Rob Butler
  43. Time Dynamics, Inc. by Erin M. Hartshorn
  44. Magic by Samantha Lienhard
  45. Hat’s Off by Katherine McCarthy
  46. I’ll Never Have That Recipe Again by Simon Petrie

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Thank you again for helping make SpeckLit the place on the web for micro-fiction.


Best of SpeckLit – 1st Quarter Winners

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We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the best stories of SpeckLit’s first quarter. As we said beofre, while we love all our authors’ stories (we wouldn’t publish them if we didn’t), our readers have their favorites.

Congratulations to Sierra July and Anne E. Johnson for their wins!

Sierra’s Storytime was our readers’ number one story

And Anne took both second and third prize with Stitching Death and Bully Balloons.

Both authors will receive online bookstore gift certificates.

We look forward to hearing from our readers again in July for our 2nd Quarter Best Of.


The Best of SpeckLit – Reader’s Choice

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As of April 1st, SpeckLit started with a new round of authors and drabbles, meaning it’s time to celebrate the best stories that have appeared on the site since December: eight authors and 40 stories.

While we loved every single one of them (we wouldn’t have published them if we didn’t), we would like to know which ones were your favorites.

We invite you to use the form below to vote on your top three stories. The winners will receive Amazon gift certificates. Votes must be received by the 8th of May. Winners will be announced the following week.

The Best of SpeckLit 1st Quarter 2014

Enter the name of your top 3 stories in the spaces provided. To refresh your memory, you can visit any of them by clicking on the story title. Only one set of votes per email address allowed. Email addresses will not be used for any purpose other than confirm the validity of the vote. At the end of the month, they will be discarded.

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Thank you for helping make SpeckLit the place on the web for micro-fiction.


YA Fantasy Novel Release: Sea Talker by Alex F. Fayle

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Sea Talker by Alex F. Fayle

SpeckLit’s publisher, Aia Publishing, is thrilled to announce the launch of Sea Talker, a new novel by Alex F. Fayle.

This young adult fantasy book tells the story of Mercaj, a young man whose predestined soulmate abandons him on the night they are supposed to meet. Long lost powers over the sea are unleashed in Mercaj as a result, potentially bringing about the end of the world.

You can get the ebook version from all the usual electronic bookstores and the trade paperback at CreateSpace or Amazon.

Visit the Aia Publishing website for more information and most online store links.


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