Fbomb 2017: Jan 17 is Fantasy Island

Find out more about Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series here:

All shows start at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver

JANUARY 17, 2017:


Welcome to Fantasy Island Fbomb, where all your fantasies for 2017 can come true!
Featuring the amazingly talented Monique Antonette Lewis, founder of At The Inkwell.

Book swap/ open mic sign up begin at 7, reading begins at 7:30.
Open mic slots are first come and 4 mins or less.
Hosted by Nancy Stohlman, Mr Roarke, and Tattoo~

AND BOOK SWAP! Bring a book, take a book!

Join Facebook Event here

nancy-headshotHost Nancy Stohlman! Nancy Stohlman’s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, The Monster Opera,  Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of the Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, the impetus behind FlashNano, and her work was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Find out more about her atwww.nancystohlman.com

moniqueFeaturing Monique Antonette Lewis! Monique Antonette Lewis is the founder of At The Inkwell, a New York City-based organization that supports published authors through book reviews, author interviews and readings. The reading series is hosted across Denver, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, Seattle and London.She is also an annual reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Monique has more than a decade of journalism experience and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University. Monique lives in Denver.


“My Father is Trying to Set the World Record for Days Spent Petting a Shark” is a FINALIST for The Vera Flash Fiction award: I need your vote!

I just found out that Blink Ink nominated me for the Vera Flash Fiction prize and I’m a FINALIST! (And in good company, I might add). Right now the crowd is voting and it would be the BEST holiday gift ever if you would take literally 30 seconds and vote for my story, “My Father is Trying to Set the World Record for Days Spent Petting a Shark.” Pretty please and thank you!!
Please vote and thank you so much!
Read original:
Pushcart Shark

“Cool Yule” holiday concert with Kinky Mink this Saturday, Dec 10

Saturday, Dec 10
6-7 pm

“Cool Yule”


Kinky Mink

Catch the jazziest, swankiest, coolest holiday show in town!

Glamour lounge trio Kinky Mink serves up holiday and other vintage favorites from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe, Peggy Lee and more. Hot Songs for a Cool Yule!

We’d love for you to join us for this very special holiday concert. It has been a challenging year with Nancy Stohlman’s serious auto accident in May, but she is recovering and we are ready to show our appreciation for life, friends and fellow music lovers.  For this reason the show will be FREE and all are welcome to celebrate with us!  This concert has limited seating, however, so please RSVP to reserve your spot by calling 303-777-1900.  Wishing you the best this season!

Schmitt Music Hall
155 W. Hampden, Englewood

Free but limited seating!
RSVP at Schmitt at 303-777-1900


Congratulations FlashNanoers!

Congratulations! You made it through November! How many stories did you write that you wouldn’t have normally written?? That’s a win!!

Make sure to play again next year, and check out my Sculpting Flash Fiction class in January if you want to tackle and edit some of these stories!


FlashNano Day 1

Here we go!
FlashNano Day 1: Write a story that takes place in a car

(Keep track of all FlashNano 2015 prompts here:)


2015 Pushcart Prize Nomination!

A huge thanks to Doug Mathewson and Sally Reno for including me in this year’s Blink Ink 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations!

This is my first nomination–woohoo!

Blink Ink Print

Pushcart 2015 Nominated piece by Nancy Stohlman:

Pushcart Shark

My Father is Trying to Set the World Record for Days Spent Petting a Shark.

The trick, he says, is to just lightly move the fingers. The shark has the frozen, unimpressed expression of all sharks. Are you coming home for dinner? I can’t stop now, he said. It’s only been 9 hours. It’s about goals, he added.
Your mother never taught you the importance of having a real goal.

Nancy Stohlman

The Huffington Post!

12 Super Short Stories You Can Read In A Flash

Posted: 03/16/2015 8:27 am EDT Updated: 03/16/2015 1:59 pm EDT

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry — the more nebulous medium of flash fiction. Loosely defined as writings comprised of 1,000 words or less, flash fiction can include everything from slightly longer works to tweet-length stories. The one restriction? A work of flash fiction must have a narrative arc, otherwise it’s a mere observation or vignette.

Gray’s move from flash fiction writer to novelist was a difficult transition for the writer, who’s returned to shorter form in her latest collection, Gutshot: Stories. In an interview with Flavorwire, she explained that her flash fiction collection was “a multifarious but cohesive piece of work.” She added, “Sustaining a true narrative over the course of a novel was a unique challenge.”

Hunter described a similar struggle with novel-writing in an interview with The Believer: “I decided the only way I could write a novel was to sit down and write the way I knew how, which was to give myself a daily word count goal, and to treat each ‘chapter’ like a flash fiction piece.”

Of course, flash fiction shouldn’t be seen as a segue into novel-writing; some writers waffle between the mediums, whereas others stay devoted to producing quick, evocative pieces. We’ve collected 12 of our favorite recent pieces of flash fiction, both by established novelists and writers happy working solely within the shorter form:

“Out There” by Lindsay Hunter
Published by The Nervous Breakdown
First sentence: “People burn cars out there.”

“Robot Exclusion Protocol” by Paul Ford
Published by Ftrain
First sentence: “I took off my clothes and stepped into the shower to find another one sitting near the drain.”

“Charlie Loved the Circus” by Simon Sylvester
Published by The List
First sentence: “Charlie loved the circus.
Untitled by Deborah Levy
Published by The Guardian
First sentence: “I said, yes.”

“These Are the Fables” by Amelia Gray
Published by Recommended Reading
First sentence: “We were in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts in Beaumont, TX when I told Kyle I was pregnant.”

“I’m Being Stalked By the Avon Lady” by Nancy Stohlman
Published by Cease, Cows
First sentence: “At first it wasn’t so bad.”
“Lady Gaga Considers the Shrimp Scampi” by Steve Almond
Published by New Flash Fiction
First sentence: “There were fifty thousand little monsters screaming for an encore, Spaniards, Germans, skinny little French boys, Italians making wet sounds with their tongues.”

“Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell” by Cory Doctorow
Published by Terraform
First sentence: “The First Amendment Area was a good 800 yards from the courthouse, an imposing cage of chicken-wire and dangling zip-cuffs.”

“The Lamp at the Turning” by E. Lily Yu
Published by Kenyon Review
First sentence: “For ten years the streetlamp on the corner of Cooyong and Boolee kept vigil with the other lamps along the road.”
“How to Sit” by Tyrese Coleman
Published by PANK
First sentence: “Grandma slapped my foot, uncrossing my legs.”

“The Solidarity of Fat Girls” by Courtney Sender
Published by American Short Fiction
First sentence: “It is your luck to be the brother of three fat girls.”

“Maybe We Should Get Tattoos and Other Possibilities for Happiness” by N. Michelle AuBuchon
Published by Hobart
First sentence: “I don’t know if my husband and I are on the way to church or a hangover.”

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