In 1263, matter referred to a maker of mats. Consider this our welcome mat:
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Click here to purchase A POCKET GUIDE TO FLASH FICTION, a guidebook to all things flash. Well, not all things. But lots of things.
Matter Press obsesses over compression as a contemporary creative form, and we are much more interested in how compression matters to you than how it matters to us. Out of a dense singularity that contained the entire universe: matter! That’s what we are looking for, these particular moments of compression, out of which expand the universal. Or something like that.
To that end, we’ve created a journal that publishes weekly compressions & decompressions, a press that sponsors a chapbook competition, and two blogs, one here and the other at FlashFiction.Net. Tiny things will also appear here & there in the margins. We like to think of compression not as a gimmick or a temporary notion of the times. We like to think of the tiniest things mattering in astounding and lasting ways. We look forward to being wowed by what you bring to the world of compression, of the largeness that expands beyond its confines, astounding us for eons to come.
SmokeLong Quarterly Anthology
The Best of the First Ten Years
edited by Tara Laskowski
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