BRILLIANT Flash Fiction publishes works to 1000 words. Read the complete guidelines here.
SQF: Why did you start this magazine?
Aurore Lebas: It is a dream come true for me. I love writing and editing. For more background, see Brilliant Flash Fiction ‘Equality’ Writing Competition.
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?
AL: To my mind, flash fiction should ideally have a brilliant "flash" of revelation or inspiration (or humor) that stays with the reader. To quote "What Editors Want" (in The Review Review): "The editor wants nothing more than to read something so fresh and powerful and polished there is no question it must be in the journal."
SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?
AL: Too many adjectives and adverbs.
SQF: Do you provide comments when you reject a submission?
AL: Yes. Just because one story is rejected, another might not be. I try not to discourage writers from trying again.
SQF: You also have regular, entry-free contests. What would you like us to know about them?
AL: The contests are meant to be fun, and a means of having your writing evaluated by some very well-qualified judges. Contests with entry fees are like playing the lottery—I have wasted too much money on them myself and wanted our competitions to be different.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
AL: Brilliant Flash Fiction aims to work with the writers who submit their work. If any author has questions before sending a submission or contest entry, he or she should not hesitate to contact us by email.
Thank you. Aurore. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.