Announcing CR Stories Author Debra Zaslow’s Book Publication!

“Bringing Bubbe Home” A memoir of letting go through love and death is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Curly Red Stories is so excited about Debra’s success. Her book has been in the works for many years and she went all the way. Please show her your support, visit her website, like her page, pre-order her book!

CR Stories Old People, Old Animals is Published. Jen Knox is our feature author.

While Jen Knox has a more generous glow to her skin than this little pug, her prose is as endearing. “After the Gazebo” pulls the reader into wrinkle of time in the sweet old wrinkles of the pug’s neckline. She’s that good! She has a gift. And, in step with the stylistic touches Alice Munro’s world-making, Knox pulls the reader into dynamic reflection. The larger questions are in play against the landscape of time’s relentless nature and humanity’s love of each other in spite of it all. “The Prize at the End of This” delves into the motivation of preservation of life—life experiences with the creation of a bucket list: The question—what scares you most?—cannot be unasked. I sit to write a sort of bucket list, sure that what scares me most is not to live to the fullest. For the first time since that writing practice so many years before, my words clog. I do not move. Pen cannot leave paper. If …Read More

Curly Red Stories is Open for Fall Submissions. Theme: “Old Animals, Old People.”

FALL ISSUE. NOVEMBER 15, DEADLINE NOVEMBER 10 | Theme: “OLD ANIMALS, OLD PEOPLE” Seeking stories that boldly explore the them of aging and love. The details of beauty and tenderness that exist when your loved one(s) friend, family or fur is aging. Or when you are yourself — your fictions that personally involve your own story in your characters. This is what CR is after for the fall 2013 publication. Submissions here: Please read guidelines carefully. And best of luck to you. Warmly, Curly Red. A.k.a. Niya Christine

Fall Writers on Change Are Here and Wow!

Whether it’s Chad Patton’s talent for image detail — the breathless turns of emotion in Marian Brooks’ stories or the pure genius of how we are transformed right then and there by the alchemy of language in Rich Larson’s flashes, this showcase is a winner! Grab a hot cup of coffee, cuddle up by the fire and enjoy the fall (pun intended)! Important Links Below THE STORIES AUTHOR BIOS RICH LARSON INTERVIEW SUBSCRIBE/BLOG FACEBOOK TWITTER

Curly Red Stories: Writers’ News

Curly Red Writers have been busy pollinating the planet with their talent. Let’s take a look at what a few of our writers have been up to. CALDER LORENZ Calder’s story, “out back by the rabbit pen” is now published at Switchback Issue 13. His story, “Confessions of a Baptist Janitor” was published with Quiet Lightening. Calder is now working steadily on a novel. I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations Calder! ……………………………………………….. HARMONY NEAL Harmony has new publications at Spork, Hobart, and NAP. And she is the current fiction fellow at Emory University. “What it’s like to die” at Spork Press “Patterson Thorndike is Dead“ at Hobart Journal “FOOTPRINTS“ at Nap Magazine Go Harmony! ……………………………………………………………….. NORA NADJARIAN (Cyprus, Europe) NORA NADJARIAN  (Cyprus, Europe) Exhibition is included inBest European Fiction 2011 (Edited by Aleksandar Hemon). Dalkey Archive Press, 2010 Mother Tongue is included in the anthology Being Human (Edited by Neil Astley). Bloodaxe Books, 2011 Girl, Wolf, Bones – a chapbook of modern day fairy tales: “an alternative trip …Read More

A Note from Straight Blonde

Okay, so “Straight Blonde” isn’t nearly as catchy or winsome as “Curly Red,” so this is the first and last time you will see me use that nickname in reference to myself. I just had to try it out. Don’t you just have to try out the words sometimes? Type ‘em up, read them on the screen—take your ideas for a little test drive? That’s one of the great things about flash fiction. Its design lends itself well to experimentation. Which is not to say it’s easy or fluffy, or necessarily even edgy. A quick tour around the stories on Curly Red will show you a range of tone and topics, from heavy to light, sunny days to darkest night. Here’s the deal: whether you view flash fiction as a creative writing exercise, learning tool, or legitimate literary genre (we do), writing flash will make you work. It will sharpen your writing and editing skills. If you can craft an engaging story—complete with a beginning, middle, and end—in …Read More

Call for Submissions – Spring 2012 Showcase

‘PLACE’ as a character of story is such a ‘hot and intriguing’ atmosphere for a reader. Don’t we just love to visit another place in our minds? — budget vacation — lots of imagination possibilities for this next showcase. We are excited to read your work! I do realize that the image for this post is a Diner. But this diner is so unique, I think it can only exist on a dusty road that exits route 66 somewhere near Flagstaff or a place in Turkey I never knew existed. Something about the color of that sky and the architecture. Who does that? We aren’t very literal over here in Curly-land. So have at it. Enjoy. And we can’t wait to read. Go here for detailed submission guidelines…

Letter from Curly Red

Hello and thank you for stopping by! I’m more than thrilled to offer a platform for our writers that shows off their talent more fully. I’m also excited to be introducing some new activities and changes to the magazine. But first a little history about our publishing hiatus for nearly a year. Curly Red Stories, originally didn’t intend to be a cyclical magazine. I had focused on design driven prose at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was hooked. I published a few writers in 08′ with the ‘working title’ of Curly Red Stories. However, I was more than a little surprised by the amount of enthusiasm for flash fiction. The word spread quickly. I was getting regular submissions. And people actually liked the title. I went with it and Curly Red Stories took on a life of it’s own, like all stories waiting to happen. However, I began CR Stories on iWeb. iWeb is really not set up for …Read More