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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Master Flash Fiction Class with PFI's Cathy T.Colborn @ Philadelphia Writers' Conference June 9th and 10th

Are you a flash fiction writer who wants to up their game? Need the sass from our Philly Inferno creator and wish she could sit next to you and spice up your very short fiction? Well, wish no more! June 9th-11th 2017 the wonderful world known as Philadelphia Writers' Conference will be coming to Center City, Philly...


Guess who is going to be teaching a Master Flash Fiction Class on two of those days? That's right, Catt! The Master Flash Class runs on June ninth and tenth and is limited to the first ten conference-goers who pay and sign up (Please visit PWC's site today and keep visiting until they have everything you need to know about master classes and more). Cathy Colborn will fill your two, ninety-minute classes, with her three key formula for making your very short fiction standout wonderful.

MINOS wants to know what you are waiting for? 
Stop staring at Catt's website and Minos' cool tail and get to signing up for Cathy T. Colborn's class today!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Small Preview of PFI 2016--Full Edited Mag for Sale Through Link Below

We are very pleased with the beautiful final layout of our 2016 issue (note that preview does not represent proper layout or completed stories). It may take a day or two until we purchase our first copies (tomorrow) for the kinks in the links to register, but purchase price is ten dollars plus shipping (with proceeds returning to PFI for future contributor prizes, copies, and promotions. Please be patient if you are trying to immediately purchase our lit journal and this happens (or please let us know if it goes through swimmingly). We appreciate the positive more than things that are currently out of our hands through our publishing house. Note that PFI Contributors receive one free copy mailed to the address we receive at If you are a contributor and have not sent us your address, now is the time, and we thank you once again for a job well done. This is mentioned several times on our page and during the process through emails, so hopefully any copies you buy are intended for your mates or to pass on at your literary readings/tables/events to share our PFI hell/love. Your friends can purchase through the link as well and have it shipped to their door. Blurb is good like that. Now some writing tips on how you can catch our or other editors' attention in the next slush pile... For PFI: Keep visiting us here to see what our next seasonal topic and prize-winning flash prompt will be. We take your submissions on a rolling basis, but unfortunately, reading periods are at the end of Spring and end of Fall. It may take us time to get to your submission, so please be patient. We do not mind one email during the layout process if we pass a due date or something, but be conservative about reminders. We probably know we are running behind, believe me. For PFI or for submitting in general: It is proper writing etiquette to query a publisher after 4-6 months on the progress of your submission. Another little thing that we have collectively learned, is that publishers are people to, yet they do not want to be addressed or chatted up on social media every day about your sub or constantly personally emailed. It is best to keep things semi-professional. Although we are super fun and open-minded about our content and chatting you up at events, we treat our work very seriously and so should you. Other publishers may not be as laid-back and may be turned off by constant personal emails, social media chats, and such. Art takes time. Some mags and online journals take six months to a year for a magazine issue to come to completion. Holiday issues are something publishers take subs well in advance and may take up to the last minute to physically produce. Just some helpful tips because we care about writing and all over success for writers. Happy holidays and stuff those stockings with PFI 2016 issues! Our Hell is Always Open, Catt and the PFI TEAM. Available at Through Philly Flash Inferno Store

Fall/Winter Philly Flash Inferno 2016 Issue is Now for Sale on Blurb

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Pit is Rising and Minos is Sending out His Halloween Creation...SOON.

Philly Flash Inferno 2016/Halloween will be available for purchase here in the next day or two, thanks for another great year!  

-PFI Staff

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sub Update for Cemeteries, Crypts, and Creepy Places: Needs!

NEED FOR NEXT ISSUE: Section door is open!

We are astounded by the creativity that is flooding our inbox, but we are lacking in quality longer pieces that are 800-1000 words. We would like to find an author that can submit a few of these longer stories and let us pick two for our FULL BLAZE section. Congrats if you have been accepted to POETRY PYRE and FLASH FIRE (not saying if one of those beauties comes across our desk again, we won't snatch it up and add it to the mix)! Thank you to our artists and photographers who have given us their creepiest viewpoints of our current theme. Can't wait to share with our groupies.

With that being said, we will not compromise on quality. So bring us your best on cemeteries, crypts, and creepy places. Accent on best. Please continue to follow our guidelines. No exceptions.

We are counting on you. Tell a friend! Check back for updates. Once we receive a few longer pieces, we will update and tease on the production of our next Ten Dolla' Dreadful.

Catt, Minos and PFI Staff.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Philly Flash Inferno: Call for Poetry, Flash, and Short Submissions with the Theme of Cemeteries, Crypts, and Creepy Places

Requirements for our next zine: 

 Submissions must follow guidelines found in our header. Please view our first issues in our sidebar section, Blog Archives to see what we hate to love. Finally, your story must take place in a cemetery, crypt, or creepy place. We also thought it would be cool to give you the first line, to see who is paying attention to this blog and wants to win our Featured Artist Prize of 25 dollars (more than one prize may be given at publisher's discretion: Example: First prize and second prize check plus contributor copy each. Here is the first line to be considered:

"I was on my way to visit Father, when..."

 Here is what inspired the theme and opening line:

We are hoping your line thereafter will hook us in and keep us reading onwards.
"Father" does not have to necessarily be dead, maybe that is a friend's last name, or your dead pet, or a marker. We, in Inferno are praying to Minos that you will be creative.

Speaking of him, any nods to any rings in the pit will probably make Minos smile, wrap his tail around your tale, and drop you into the accepted pile.

Remember: We are a small zine on purpose. We pay a small stipend to the winner and then give free copies to the contributors. We also have the word "FLASH" in our name, so please take this to heart and soul. We want more than vignettes or moments, we want a full hero/antihero circle in under 1000 words.
Are you up for the challenge?

Send all completed requirements and submissions to: 

Catt, Minos, and the PFI Crew

P.S. We will keep taking submissions until we post an update with the word STOP. If we are lacking in any section or can't find an artist to capture our cover and section pages, we will post a call for HELP. Please pass the word and keep our little cult mag of five years going strong!
See you at the Comic Cons. -CC

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PFI Open for Submissions! New Theme for Halloween: Monster Mashups

Hey, this is Catt, PFI Creator. I am sitting here at my writing desk after a hiatus from promoting my Steampunk novel, and I am thinking about how much I missed our little hot pot of an inferno while I was absent. I can't stay away and hope you can't either. I have to mention that working with the wonderful Steampunk World's Fair creators was an awesome experience. The attendees were great! I get so excited meeting all of you (and even more so when you are dressed up and having fun). Costumes were amazing. Weapons were amazing. PFI and Madame Lola sales...marvelously amazing. Let's cut to the good meat... I want the old time feel of a good horror story. H.P. Lovecraft and the likes. Surprise us here at Philly Flash Inferno. We need this, but we need it new. Your story. Rip it from your little beating chest, stomp on it, put it in a blender, add some spice, and mash that monster-sucker sideways. You can be creative and mix the story with a new theme, but the story has to feel like it is being told through an old time horror voice.
MONSTER MASHUP! Are you hearing me, my little devils? Whatever that means to you...BUT... Rules for Submissions 1) Go to top of this page and take a moment to memorize the guidelines. 2) Go to the sidebar of this page and see what is inappropriate EVEN for OUR Inferno. 3) Go to the archives on this page, bottom sidebar, and click on the issues of long ago, when we were solely online and not in Print/PDF. This will give you creative examples of the golden tickets to our pit. 4) Create your Monster Mashup or Seven Deadlies or Redemption stories. 5) Check all of the above to make sure it applies. 666) Check ten more times to make sure all of the above applies. 7) Submit to with a bio pic (good quality) and bio attached. 8) Be kind and add a nice note and not just a bunch of attachments: Example: "Hello, I am such and such, this is why I think I would be a good fit to drop in your pit. My story, blah, blah, blah is about being brief...and not kidding...and if I had to pick a ring of hell...not kidding again about being it is, oh, gracious Minos, Dark Lord of the Philly Flash Hell. Signed, X."
Go forth and create! I am anxious to see what we hate to love and love to hate. Much Love, Cathy T. Colborn and PFI Crew. *****KEEP SENDING SUBS UNTIL WE POST "STOP"***** P.S. One author copy per accepted submission and a chance to be a Featured Artist/Author for a fifty-dollar stipend chosen by the PFI Editing Team. Bad Luck!-CC