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Welcome Guest Editor of Flash for Vol. 3, Word Wrangler Extraordinaire, Rachael Q.

We at the SBLJ are pleased as punch to introduce Rachael Q., who will be selecting Volume 3's Flash Fiction. Flash would be fiction that is under 1,000 words that offer character and plot development. Rachael looks for well-crafted works of whimsy and measure. Bonus points if you or your work is connected, in some way, to the theme of Bellatrix, Greek mythology’s “female warrior,” otherwise known as the Amazons. Rachael would like you to "Send us your twitterature, minisaga, nanotale, and micro-stories: surprise us!"

Rachael certainly knows her way around the metaphorical pen. She has published articles in the Santa Barbara Independent and Impact Magazine. She’s an active member of the SCBWI and participant in #MGLitChat, #OwnVoices and #MGBookChat. In addition to being a freelance writer, she’s a novelist. Look out for her forthcoming middle-grade science fantasy novel, Phuel! Curious about our Word Wrangler? You can visit her site here.

Originally from Northern Virginia, she lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Santa Barbara, CA, and launching her hospitality business. What does owning a hospitality business have to do with writing? Very little except in the way it affords her time to do the things she loves most in the world: read, write, and run. The former two she does quite rigorously as part of the Creative Writing & Literature graduate degree program she’s enrolled in through Harvard University Extension School.

To submit your flash for SBLJ's consideration, please follow our standard guideline submissions, available here. The submission window opens now and is open until March 1.

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