We are so very grateful for the fantastic response to our Enchanted Forest theme. There were many more submissions than we have had for past themes, and honestly so very many were outstanding. It is a shame we are unable t0 publish them all. Blink is a physically small publication, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, about 20 pages. Enchanted Forest will be 24 pages so as to included the work of three additional visual artists. We hope to ship this issue on June 1rst, and will post our next theme at that time.
Thanks to one and all for your support of Blink.
The Enchanted Forest
The Midsummer issue of Blink Ink invites you to take a walk in The Enchanted Forest. We are seeking stories of about 50 words to do with encounters with the sublime and the numinous. A woodland setting and perhaps some wildlife would be lovely but are not strictly required. We are especially interested in that threshold moment, that twist in the path, where you you realize you aren’t in Kansas anymore, when you know you have entered The Enchanted Forest. Submissions will be open from April 1st to May 10th, 2017. We publish fiction of approximately fifty words. Include submissions in the body of an email to email@example.com No bios, no attachments, and no poetry please.
Ides of march is upon us (look out Julius!) and issue #27, the “One eyed Jacks & Deuces Wild” issue has closed. We received a record number of submissions. being a mega issue we are running 24 pages and still not enough room for all the great work that came in. We plan to ship the issue on or before April first and will announce our next issue and it’s theme at about the same time.
Just a quick mention, but it looks like our subscription price will be going up this summer. Not much, but up is still up. Subscribe now at the lower rate and think how smug you will feel.
Blink-Ink Announces a Theme for Annual Un-themed Mega Issue
What? How can that be? A theme for something with no theme? Our first Annual Mega issue is un-themed, but has a subplot. The issue is titled “One Eyed Jacks & Deuces Wild”. We are accepting fiction submissions of 50 or so words from February first 2017 to March fifteenth (hail Caesar) 2017.
“Deuces Wild” selections will be much like a nude beach, anything goes for those who “bare what they dare”. Write what you will on any topic.
“One Eyed Jacks” is for those who prefer to keep at least a little something on. Cards, card games, noir, a gamble. Any of these are words that could fit nicely. Playing card artwork is fascinating. Universal little stories told with a single small image. Games of chance (or strategy), Social networking before we had social networks. Noir as in people playing each other rather than an unknown soul in the machine. The little magic of card tricks, greater magics unseen. Smokey rooms, cards up sleeves, late nights or the bridge club. A tell, a call, (a suspicion). Go-Fish or high stakes. The Monte Carlo of James Bond or playing for buttons up in your tree house. We would very much like to read your stories on these topics or another entirely as you prefer.
Send some of each if you like. Standard submissions guidelines are listed on our website www.blink-ink.org Submissions in the body of an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org No attachments, no poetry, and no bios please.
Our Space issue, Blink-Ink #26, is now closed. We are very pleased and grateful for the many submissions fantastic that came in. The issue is in production at the moment and we plan to ship in the later half of January 2017. There will be some surprises. One of our sibling publications, “Woodlot” will make it’s debut with work by Brian Whalen and Doug Mathewson. The issue itself has many fine writers including tweet fiction legend S. Kay.
Submissions for our next issue will open February first 2017, theme be announced. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.