Flash Women: Stories that Explore and Expose Women’s Lives

Flash Women provides flash fiction on women’s lived experiences. (Image Credit: Katrina Marek)

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Philanthropy Women is adding a new section called Flash Women. Once a month, Flash Women publishes a story that exposes women’s experiences of domination and exploitation, and explores the power of women to survive, overcome, and create a better world.

We are proud to share the work of contemporary women fiction writers because we believe that fiction can provide both entertainment and innovation, sparking new thoughts and ideas about social issues. We also think women’s unique perspective in storytelling needs more exposure.

Flash Women does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Publication on Flash Women is by invitation only.

Wikipedia defines flash fiction as “a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development.” I would also add that flash fiction, to me, often feels like poetry, because of its brevity and its deep economy with words.

The first story in our series is by Kathryn Kulpa and is entitled The Day the Women Walked Away from Alabama. It explores a world in which all of the women in Alabama simply disappear. The story is both brutally real and at the same time supernatural. It offers a flash glimpse of the unimaginable — a world without the female gender.

We hope you enjoy the story and look forward to filling this section of Philanthropy Women with inspiring creative works. If you would like to support our work, please donate or subscribe.

Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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