Grant Faulkner’s lucky number is 33, but he likes to bet on 23. He became a writer because he doesn’t like counting. He specializes in short stories that are two pages too long. Despite that, he’s published in The Southwest Review, PANK, Poets & Writers, The Berkeley Review, Word Riot, and Gargoyle, among others. He’s also executive director of National Novel Writing Month because he likes things big and small.

He’s currently working on a book, The Secret History of the World, which can never be published for obvious reasons. He believes that the tale of Peter Rabbit tells everything one needs to know about life.

As for his own 100-word pieces, he recently published an essay in The New York Times on flash fiction, Going Long. Going Short. His collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, was published by Press 53 in the spring of 2015. Here’s a selection of some of his recent 100-word stories:

Contact Grant for readings or speeches.

Follow Grant on Twitter: @grantfaulkner.

Lynn Mundell has worked in print at Nation’s Cities Weekly and The Chronicle of Higher Education; in the arts at The San Francisco Arts Commission and The Poetry Center; and for the past 25 years in Communications for large Bay Area organizations. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn’s essays have been published in The Sun and The San Jose Mercury News, poetry in Free State: A Harvest of Maryland Poets and First Class Lit, and flash fiction in…

The Lobsters Run Free (Bath Flash Fiction, Volume Two), Mojave River Review, Litro, Booth, Ghost Parachute, Fanzine, Portland Review, The Airgonaut, Gone Lawn, Hobart, Vestal Review, Five Points, Flash Frontier (November 2016, February 2017 and June 2017), KYSO Flash, Split Lip Magazine, Tin House Flash Fidelity, Dead Housekeeping, Drunk Monkeys, Superstition Review, *82 Review, Eclectica, Serving House Journal, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Literary Orphans (October 2015 and December 2017), The Fable Online, Oblong, Blink-Ink, Number Eleven, FlashFlood, Counterexample Poetics, Eunoia Review (September 2014 and June 2017), Friday Flash Fiction, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Thrice Fiction (April 2016 and December 2016), Pure Slush, The A3 Review, Right Hand Pointing, Mulberry Fork Review, Connotation Press, Spelk, and elsewhere.

Look for more of her flash in the anthology Short on Sugar, High on Honey, as well as in Permafrost and Thread.

Read her 100 Word Story “scairytales,” and haunt her on Twitter, @lynnfmundell.

Beret Olsen is a writer, photographer, teacher, and long-time proponent of the Oxford comma.

Past lives include growing up in South Dakota, studying Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College, and teaching and administrating in public elementary schools from Brooklyn to Bayview, San Francisco.

For her first mid-life crisis, she went to art school.

A few things she’s learned along the way:

  • Choosing a paint color for the living room is not a team-building activity.
  • It can be hard to tell if the roadside assistance guy is laughing with you, or at you.
  • Having a mid-life crisis early leaves plenty of time for a couple more.

Currently, Beret teaches black and white film photography in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two pre-tweens. She writes two blogs: Bad Parenting 101 and LobeStir, and you can find her photography at

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