Meet the Finalists of the 2023 FLASH SUITE Contest

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James Roderick Burns’ novella and story collection, Beastly Transparencies, is due from Eyewear in spring 2023. He is the author of four collections of poetry (most recently Chopped Liver, 2022) and a short fiction chapbook, A Bunch of Fives. His work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He can be found on Twitter @JamesRoderickB and his newsletter offers one free, published story every second week at

Frederick Highland‘s novels Ghost Eater and Night Falls on Damascus are published by St. Martin’s Press. Recent fiction and poetry have found homes at: The Closed Eye Open, Gone Lawn, Mystery Weekly, and Gargoyle magazines. Website:

April DeOliveira is a Michigan-based writer whose work tends to center on place and the seemingly mundane. She has been published in Great Lakes Review and Front Porch Republic (under the name April Kragt). When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, baking, and traversing Michigan with her wonderful husband, Jaden. More of her writing can be found at

Sue Vickerman’s stories, poems, articles and translations have appeared in The Guardian, Times Educational Supplement, Los Angeles Review, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Review. Sue has published five poetry and four prose works including a novel Special Needs (Cinnamon Press 2011). Translations include ‘It’s over. Don’t go there,’ the collected stories of award-winning German writer Kathrin Schmidt.

Malina Douglas is inspired by the encounters that shape us. She was awarded Editor’s Choice in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and made the Official Selection for the London Independent Story Prize, Fourth Quarter 2020. She was longlisted for the Reflex Press Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize in 2022 and her publications include the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Consequence Forum, Typehouse, Wyldblood, Opia, Back Story Journal, Ellipsis Zine, Teach Write, Flash Fiction Magazine, Sobotka Literary Magazine, Rhythm & Bone, Metamorphose V2, and Because That’s Where Your Heart Is from Sans Press. She was a finalist in the Blackwater Press Story Contest and published in their anthology in 2021. She is an alumna of Smokelong Summer and can be found on twitter @iridescentwords.

Elizabeth Allison is a former high school instructor. She is an avid hiker and can never spend too much time traveling with her family. In her spare time, she is engaged in repeated attempts at gardening.

Maggie Nerz Iribarne is 53, living her writing dream in a yellow house in Syracuse, New York. She writes about teenagers, witches, the very old, bats, cats, priests/nuns, cleaning ladies, runaways, struggling teachers, and neighborhood ghosts, among many other things. She keeps a portfolio of her published work at

John Kaufmann is a mobile home park owner who lives in southern New York State. His writing has been published in Off Assignment, Ep;phany, The High Plains Register,, The Journal of the Taxation of Financial Products, The Journal of Taxation of Investments, and Tax Notes. He is quite impressed by the concrete and exact guidelines promulgated by the editorial staff.

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