Yes, Flashbytes is a literary magazine for flash fiction, but it’s also a co-op for aspiring and established authors. Our goal is not only to publish 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. For example: we do not use standard acceptance and rejection responses, which is to say, if you submit a story here you will hear from us personally. If we like your stuff, we’ll not only publish it, we’ll pat you on the butt cheeks. If we don’t publish your stuff, you will hear from us. We will not leave you hanging.

We also work with you to help promote your writing through social media and major publications and websites. Imagine we have one hundred writers with one thousand friends each on Facebook. That means every time you publish a story, you have a potential of one hundred thousand views. And that’s just Facebook. Now, imagine one thousand writers with one thousand friends. Ten thousand writers. Ten thousand friends. Getting the picture?

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. All you have to do to get the ball rolling is send in your stuff; we’ll take it from there.

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.