What are Flashbytes? Catering to today’s ADD masses, Flashbytes are complete stories in 5 minutes or less.

Flashbytes are perfect for those brief outbreaks of mental awareness. Read Flashbytes while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, the DMV, even dropping a deuce. After all, most songs last 5 minutes or less; why not read a story instead?

While Flashbytes is a promotional forum for aspiring and established authors, we don’t actually publish those stories here. Instead, we set up a page for the author, a quick intro line, then link their work wherever they have it published on the web.

Our goal is not only to publish links to the best stories we can find, but to then promote them so everyone can see the great talent we’ve gathered here. Flashbytes have been featured in such online publications as Number Eleven, Squawk Back, Crack the Spine, Blotter, even Forbes.com. We plan on doing a lot more of this.

Flashbytes is the brain child of 20th-century holdouts Philip Loyd and Chris Hlad. We are a gathering of writers who help support one another. We also work with you to help promote your writing through social media and major publications and websites.

We also know quite a few agents, editors, and publishers in the biz. We even have an extensive spreadsheet of agents and independent publishers we’ll be happy to share with you. Over 800 of them, all up to date. We work together because we know: we’re all in this together.

Flashbytes was created by authors Philip Loyd and Chris Hlad, two rakehellians who, when they’re not surfing or groping strange women, still love to read and write. Hard to believe.


Our beloved founders…

Philip Loyd loves fat chicks and cheap beer, though not necessarily in that order. His first novel, You Lucky Bastard, is represented by NY Literary Agent Jan Kardys. Loyd lives in Dumbass, Texas.  Find out more about Philip at http://PhilipLoyd.com

Chris Hlad is a native Southern Californian who enjoys surfing, sailing, and beating-back his brain every chance he gets. See more fiction by Chris at cpaulhlad.ghost.io.