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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Pit is Now Open! Summer 2017 Theme: Sand and Sea: Things From The Deep

Lord Cthulhu on a Grenade Break on Bourbon,Catt Colborn


It is getting warmer here on the East Coast, and we want to get things cooking on the page. We love that it is time to get out our pens, pencils, iPads, puters, and pamphlets and start scratching. By the end, which we are in no rush for, we want to see what you have baked. 

Speaking of which, let's speak more about the seasonal theme.

Some of us at PFI, love Lovecraft. Some of us love soaking in the sea. Some of us do not find anything savvy about the sand and being buried. It leaves us all to imagine: What is waiting in the deep-dark-deep of surf and sand? What is waiting to grab at our feet, reel us in, and scare us to death?

Your guidelines are the same as with our ongoing theme: Nothing over 1000 words (but you can submit up to three stories or poems or interviews with that count). You can submit up to three photos or pieces of art in any medium (You must stick to the themes mentioned). 

We feel you have a ton of ideas with the 7 deadlies, but note that the seasonal theme on the blog (Sand and Sea: Things from the Deep), is what is considered for the featured artist prize. The token is usually 25 dollars or more, considering what we get from the kindness of donations throughout the year. Some donate it back to PFI and some enjoy it (we run on love, hate, and donations here. No one gets paid). Either way, we are as happy as people in a pit can be for you. Yay. No one will treat you differently for your free will...

Ughhh---Minos is nudging me, telling me to tell you, he will treat you differently, for using your free will, if you do not follow our guidelines and rules in our sidebar (he doesn't care much for money). See the pleadings to Minos. He is a big deal around here (people mention him more than I, in emails, the frikin' creator)!

Anyhow, I am Catt, and I am officially ringing the bell to reanimate this City of Char(n);)Ding!

Friendly reminder: I will be teaching a Master Class in Flash Fiction at Philadelphia Writers' Conference, June 10th and 11th (the 9th has many wonderful people also. See my last post and visit their website for more details. Also, many thanks to past contributors and friend/enemies that visited me at AWP2017!

Have a Happy Summer,


P.S. Subs close in July. We print a proof in August. This does not mean you will receive your magazine instantaneously in August, people! Great creations take time. I usually do not receive my other lit journals for six months. I think we do pretty good at start to finish rates. Please do not personally email me a 100 times. I have been writing for 40 years (that's right...from birth, haha)! I do not know of many publishers that put up with that business.

Thanks and carry on... 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Master Flash Fiction Class with PFI's Cathy T.Colborn @ Philadelphia Writers' Conference June 10th and 11th

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 tenth and eleventh, 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