My Flash Fiction in Cleaver Magazine

Issue 10 of Cleaver Magazine came out today, and my piece “Synesthesia and You” was included! It’s a 174 word flash fiction that evolved from poem to prose and back again several times during the course of a semester.

Since I’m new to the flash fiction world, I searched for a few weeks to find a magazine that would be a good fit. I first stumbled upon Cleaver Magazine while wandering the Internet in search of anything to do with Archer, one of my favorite TV shows. There, I found this essay: Crossing the Emotional Landscape: Archer, Bob’s Burgers, and Contemporary Poetry by J.G. McClure. If you like any of these things, you should read this essay! It was good enough to make me stay and browse, and it was well worth the time. Cleaver always has a nice variety of voices, styles, and subjects, and I’m glad my 174 word baby found a home there.

About “Synesthesia and You”

  • I wrote the first draft at 3am the night before a 9am workshop.
  • The last two lines are the only two lines that weren’t edited to an unrecognizable state.
  • You know what Faulkner and Stephen King have to say about killing your darlings? Well, I murdered quite a few of mine in this piece.
  • While researching for the piece, I discovered that I have synesthesia!

What lit mags do you read? Any suggestions for other flash fiction havens?

~Charnell

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