Meet the 2020 FLASH SUITE Contest Finalists

We are pleased to introduce the finalists for this Winter’s contest on , along with our trademark portrait of the author’s favorite chair.

In order of first submission:

Jakob Konger is from Tampa, Florida. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He writes short stories about history and reality, and is a graduate of the Michener Fellowship program at the University of Miami, where he was also webmaster and fiction editor for Sinking City Lit Mag, a climate-focused literary journal. He has also received the Fred Shaw Prize in Fiction for 2019.

Martha Patterson is a much-produced and -published author of more than 150 plays as well as short fiction, essays, and poetry.  She has been published by Pioneer Drama Service, Applause Books, the Sheepshead Review, Silver Birch Press, the Afro-Hispanic Review, In Case of Emergency Press, and others.  She has a Master’s from Emerson and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.  She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Christopher R. Muscato is an adjunct history professor, fiction writer, the High Plains Library District’s 2017 writer in residence, and garden gnome enthusiast. He sees writing as a powerful force in this world, and has resolved to use this power for good. 

Carol Dorf has two chapbooks available, “Some Years Ask,” (Moria Press) and “Theory Headed Dragon,” (Finishing Line Press.) Her poetry appears in “Shofar,” “Bodega,” “E-ratio,” “Great Weather For Media,” “About Place,” “Glint,” “Slipstream,” “The Mom Egg,” “Sin Fronteras,” “Surreal Poetics,” “The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics,” “Scientific American,” and “Maintenant.” She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches math in Berkeley. She is interested in the intersections between poetry, disability, science and parenting.

Evan Guilford-Blake writes prose, plays and poetry. His work has appeared in more than 100 journals (including as the winner of the 2016 Flash Suite contest) and anthologies, winning 27 awards. His scripts have won 46 competitions. Thirty-three are published. His published long-form prose includes the novels Animation and The Bluebird Prince and the award-winning story collection American Blues. His comic mystery novel “Noir(ish)” will be published in 2020 by Black Opal Press.Evan and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a talented jewelry designer and business writer, live in the southeastern US.

Before Don Robishaw stopped working to write he ran educational programs for homeless shelters for thirteen years. That experience, combined with his ‘ten lost years’ after getting out of the military served as motivation for writing, ‘Bad Road Ahead.’ Many of the characters he developed have been homeless, served for periods of time in the military, or are based upon archetypes or sterotypes he’s met while on the road. He like to write poetry, satire, tragedies, and gritty fictional tales — of men and women from various backgrounds — that may have sprouted from a seed, from his past. Don’s also well-traveled, using various ways and means: Sailor, Peace Corps Volunteer, bartender, hitchhiker, world traveler, college professor, and circus roustabout. His work has recently appeared in Drunk MonkeysLiterary Orphans, Crack-the-Spine, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, Flash Fiction Magazine, O’ Dark Thirty, among other venues. 
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A.L. Diaz graduated cum laude from the University of La Verne with a degree in Creative Writing. She has publications with such literary anthologies as Prism ReviewCultural Weekly, and Fiction Kitchen Berlin. If she’s not working with seniors or toddlers or writing or working on one of her hundreds of projects, you can find her sleeping.

Hildie S. Block is a writer living in Arlington, Virginia with her family, cat, dog and axolotl named Xipe (Zippy!). She’s taught writing at American, GW Univeristies, the Writer’s Center ( and through her own Hildie Block’s Workshops ( She’s also published over 50 short stories and countless essays — in places like Gargoyle, 0-Dark-30, Cortland Review, Redux, The First Line, Clockwise Cat, San Francisco Review, Literary Mama and anthologies like Enhanced Gravity, Literary Taxidermy, and Queer Sci Fi.  Her book *Not What I Expected* came out in 2007 and you can find a little ebook of an award-winning story by Hildie called “People” as a Kindle Single.

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