About My Writing — by Anne Nayer, one of the authors in the anthology Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction)

I have written all my life beginning as an 8-year-old sitting on a park bench in New York City scribbling tales of Pegasus and flying through the sky and, over the past 10 years, writing a weekly 5-minute Postcard from Paradise – a radio spot for our local NPR station, but it wasn’t until Alec … Read more

Meet the authors of the anthology Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction) at two events on Zoom

In these two Mud Flat Press events, each writer will have a short time to talk, and then there will be time for comments and questions from participants. There are thirty-one stories by nineteen writers in our new anthology Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction) with stories of love and of war, sci-fi tales, stories of … Read more

CK Combs answers our call to writers in Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction) to write about their stories.

When Gabi and Alec invited me to submit something for their upcoming anthology, I thought it was a great opportunity, but the timing was awful. During that month, I was finishing a major draft of my first novel and had carpal tunnel surgery on my wrists. I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate. … Read more

On writing “The Death of R&J,” “Selling the Fishing Camp” and “Josephine and the Tiger”

Mud Flat Press co-owner Alec Clayton has two short stories and a short novel excerpt in Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction). Here’s Alec musing on the writing of these stories: I didn’t plan it this way, but all three of these stories are about death, yet they are not without a lot of laughs. The … Read more

Jim Peery: Eupora’s Forgotten Son

by Marica Bernstein Special to the Webster Progress Times | 07-20-2022 In the two-volume classic “A History of Mississippi,” James Robert “Jim” Peery (1900-54) is listed alongside William Faulkner, Richard Wright and others as a Mississippi author who has “proven that even poor folk can be shown with understanding and appreciation for what their lives … Read more

Keith Eisner writes about writing

Keith Eisner’s story “Shrine” previously appeared in the 2018 Big Muddy magazine as the winner of that magazine’s Short Story Contest, sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University. His story “Blue Dot,” published in Salamander, appeared in the 2017 O. Henry Prize Story anthology. Both are reprinted in Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction). Keith writes: How cool is it … Read more

Jes Simmons on the creation of her short story

When we published Mississippi Arts & Letters way back in the 1980s, Jes Simmons contributed poems and other writing, and many years later we reconnected on Facebook and by email. Jes was one of the first writers we invited to submit to Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction). She responded with the short story “At Dairy … Read more

Jack Butler on his stories ‘Emmolene’s Bones,’ ‘Hawk Gumbo’ and ‘Mrs. Lookadoo’s Walkabout’

An old friend and favorite writer, Jack Butler, sent us a group of shorts stories that we wanted to publish. There were not enough for a book, however, so we came up with the idea of inviting other writers and doing an anthology of shorts stories. This one. Here’s what Jack had to say about … Read more

“Mr. Mischievous at Five” and “Pelham Manor, New York” by Ricker Winsor

Ricker Winsor has been with Mud Flat Press since 2010 with the publication of his first book, Pakuwon City. We are happy to have two of his stories in Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction). Here is what Ricker has to say about his stories: My contribution to the Mud Flat Press anthology is different from … Read more

Jenni Prange Boran Talks About Her Story ‘Stage Four’

We asked Jackie Cassella, founder of Creative Colloquy to recommend writers for Mud Flat Shorts (mostly fiction). She recommended three writers, all of whom graciously accepted our invitation and all of whom submitted stories that were just right for the anthology. There are two stories by Jenni Prange Boran. Here she talks about her story … Read more