Welcome to FLASH FICTION WEEK @ SickLitMagazine!


We love a good theme here at Sick Lit Magazine. 

Poetry week was a smashing success! THANK YOU to my talented and brave poets: Prerna Bakshi, Kanika Katyal, Jamie Andrews, Gavin Hedaux, Richard Green, Christopher Iacono, Owen Clayborn, John Kauldren, Josie Alford and Georgina Middleton (Gee Charlie Middleton). Special shout-out and THANKS to Gee Charlie Middleton, for providing me with some beautiful images when I was in a bind and without my computer. Even IF I had had my computer, your photography IS AMAZING. 

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Your work has been inspiring, cathartic, powerful, painful and beautiful.

You have all truly captured the essence of modern-day poetry through your diverse pieces. BRAVO and well done! It was truly a pivotal moment for SLM to have your work and vision shine through to the forefront of our first-ever POETRY WEEK.

Through our open-submissions call, I’ve received a fantastic variety of flash fiction from Gene Farmer, Amy Acre, Jennifer Obi, Pete Langman, Hugh Smith and Tom Gumbert.

My dedication to your work and my continued focus on being a positive platform for it is unmatched in this industry; and I am proud that we are seeing our vision come to fruition at Sick Lit Magazine.

As our team grows and expands, it only gets more exciting.

It’s time for me to STRESS SOMETHING: Even if you are just now reading this and have a piece to submit for FLASH FICTION WEEK, send it over!

Don’t be shy and don’t fall into the trap of hating your own work. I know that so many editors and agents will tell you over and over again that you aren’t good enough. But let me tell you something: MY WRITERS HAVE SOUL.

You guys have locked down something that others will never be able to capture: PASSION. VISION. DRIVE. You are the real artists. You are the real writers. Not some reality television star who’s had a ghostwriter slap together a sub-par, shitty self-help book. 

I could not care less about mainstream writing and what the “norm” is. I want to deviate from that and show how raw and real life is.

All of these shiny, plastic-wrapped magazines and novels with veritable bows on top aren’t real. They are books of what their editors micromanaged to death and forced to “happen.” And it’s quite possibly what their target audiences want to believe happened during October. In a celebrity-obsessed culture that sees little beyond our own noses, it’s hard to wade through all of the fluff to find something REAL. Something and someone who isn’t a machine or a cog in said machine.

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(I’m trying to say that I’m not a cog in the machine and that I’m real. I talk back.)

PLEASE NOTE: Our submissions e-mail is changing as of right now! This is for two reasons: It’s difficult for me to keep up with two e-mail addresses and I can’t stand Yahoo mail. ALL SUBMISSIONS AND INQUIRIES from here on out must now go to: Kelly.fitzharris@gmail.com

If your submission is dated before this post and it gets sent to the yahoo address, I will still see it. And since I’m changing it in the middle of our open-submissions-call, I will still be honoring any work sent there through the 30th. (I’m not that big of a jerk.)

ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: I do about 98% of my correspondence and networking through Twitter. I don’t know why, but I fucking love Twitter. Thus far it has been kind to me and has helped me to make many meaningful connections. SO, if you want to get more involved, follow us @sicklitmag , follow me @kellycoody and tweet or DM us! I’m not like other editors who have ridiculous pro-claimers stating not to talk to them on twitter or you’ll be automatically disqualified. What’s the point of THAT? It sounds like bullshit to me. That’s the entire point of Twitter, to talk to and connect with potential contributors and artists.

As editor and journalist, I’m a bit behind. We have a fantastic LGBTQ spotlight on our own regular contributor-slash-troublemaker, Jamie Andrews, and have a few music features in the works. Please make sure and harass him about his birthday (It was on Nov. 14th), and his new-found status of “officially old” at 33. 

Plus, in the midst of all of these things, my desktop computer died. Like, factory-reset-died. So I’ve been working from my father’s laptop, which contains zero photography of mine. As of today I have my computer back (thanks to my dad coming over and fixing it).

Peace and Love,

Kelly on behalf of SLM





We’ve received so many excellent submissions–meaning this will be a truly poem-filled week.

We kicked it off with Prerna Bakshi’s emotional, beautiful and, at times, painful collection of poetry. Because life is that way.

And we dig poetry that sheds light on this reality and is unafraid to expose itself.

I found my love of poetry in a Chilean poetry class I took as a last-minute elective while I was studying journalism as a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. I loved it before that; I even wrote a poem entitled, “Actress,” when I was an angsty adolescent at the age of 15 that won second place in a random contest; but it wasn’t until college that I truly understood poetry.

This week we are here to display it in all forms and facets; whether it be a haiku, sonnet or abstract, we want to showcase the most talented poets of our time (which is now, in 2015) and make our readers think beyond the simple written word. (Not that fiction or news stories are simple; poetry is almost like a literary puzzle.)

We’re still in our open-submissions-call time-frame, so get your poetry to me at coodykelly@yahoo.com ASAP.

And to everyone, remember, you have until the 30th to get your work in. 

Among the poets we will be publishing throughout the week will be: Prerna Bakshi, Josie Alford, Owen Clayborn, Jamie Andrews, Kanika Katyal and Christopher Iacono and many more to come.

Peace and love,

-Kelly on behalf of SLM-




Dear readers and friends of Sick Lit Magazine, 

We are open to unsolicited submissions for a very short period of time; the cut-off for consideration will be December 31st, 2015.

I will stress that we are very unlike other magazines, literary journals, publications, etc, in that we view each new member of our team or contributor to the magazine as a collaborator with Sick Lit Magazine. We don’t set “margin specifications” or an exact “word count.” As both a journalist and a fiction writer myself, all of these arbitrary limitations only further inhibit a writer’s creativity; it doesn’t give them the freedom they need to truly shine.

Let’s say you send me a piece that I’m not particularly fond of; I’ll write you back and ask you for something else.

WE ARE YOUR ADVOCATES, YOUR PLATFORM AND YOUR PEERS HERE. In fact, if you still question the whole “margin specifications” submission guideline, I will implore you to read Lauren Dallas’s poem, Pullin’ me back. If that doesn’t convince you, then nothing will.

Each writer, artist, musician, poet, community activist and personal essay contributor has ALL received INTERNATIONAL attention. And as we are entering our second month, I feel that it’s time for us to start gearing up for and accepting submissions. 


What are you looking for, though? 

SLM: Something different. I know, it’s vague. It’s not specific. Write something that others are too scared to write about; don’t worry about offending anyone. Don’t censor yourself. Write from deep down inside yourself, where things are still unsettled, raw, or maybe even yearning for something. Write prose or poetry that makes a statement or figuratively kicks someone’s ass.

Why don’t you have a word count limit? 

SLM: As long as it’s not as long as my first novel, which was 90,000 words, then I think we’re good.

You say you’re different. Everyone says that. 

SLM: I keep in contact with my writers to let them know how well their work is being received. E.g., “Hey, Donald! You’ve gotten 300 reads today and 200 shares on Facebook! Amazing work!”

Listen: Write from your heart, from your gut; write even if it’s only cathartic, but send it in. Your work is more powerful than you realize. OH, and we nominate for the Pushcart Prize. Just thought I’d throw that in there. 

-Kelly on behalf of SLM-


PS: E-MAIL all submissions to: Kelly.fitzharris@gmail.com