Blue Horizon

by Elizabeth Gomez Instagram @liz_gomez0403 I remember when the Beatitudo landed on Mars. I was six years old and sitting on the stained carpet of my father’s family room. The CRT TV crackled with faint images of the red  planet; the voices of the astronauts hissed through its speakers.   Delora Bates, Read more…

Hot Take: Reading Pet Peeves

Reading is a healthy and entertaining activity to do. It trains your brain and immerses you into an entirely new world. But every now and then, something small and bothersome grabs your attention over the story itself, like a pet peeve. —Patrick Edinger

Reading Pet Peeves. The relentless discomforting itch that prods in the back of a reader’s brain and won’t relent. These could occur for any specific reason; it depends on the reader. Below is a list of my personal pet peeves when reading.

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PTM Staff Members Get Real About Flash Fiction

At Page Turner Magazine, we’re passionate about genre fiction and good storytelling, which is why we regularly host 500-word flash fiction contests. (Our latest Spring contest is open until February 5th, Mystery themed!) We see flash fiction as a low-stress way to explore writing in all different genres and an excellent way to practice storytelling, editing, and creative writing skills. (And, for the procrastinators among us, it’s always nice to have a deadline and a word count to write to!)

On our contest page, we define flash fiction thusly: 

Flash fiction condenses longer forms of fiction, such as novels and novellas, into a concise but impactful space without losing the beginning-middle-end structure. But to put it simply, we want flash fiction with a premise that hooks us, prose that inspires us, and an ending that punches us in the face.

Sounds simple, right? It is! But, it can also be really intimidating to stare at a blank screen and know you’ve only got 500 words to bring your brilliant story to life.

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