Set a Crow To Catch a Crow

by Mary-Jane Holmes

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Since 2009, Mary-Jane Holmes has served as chief editor of Fish Publishing Ireland, an organisation committed to supporting emerging writers. She is the director and co-ordinator of the company’s creative writing and mentoring programs including the longest running online Flash fiction course in Europe dedicated solely to the genre. Her work recently won the 2014 Dromineer Flash Fiction Prize as well as being short-listed for the 2014 Bridport Prize (UK) for Flash Fiction. She is an article contributor at Flash Fiction Chronicles and upcoming work will be published soon in Issue 3 of Firewords Quarterly.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Set a Crow To Catch a Crow”?

The triptych is one of the most absorbing writing exercises I have ever undertaken. The act of delving into the minutiae of the language in this way has a strange and wonderful effect: a new story simmers to the surface in the space created between fiction and non-fiction exerting a tension that tugs like electric wires strung between two poles. It may be impossible now to write only in single panels.


Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

Matter Press recently released titles from Meg Boscov, Abby Frucht, Robert McBrearty, Tori Bond, Kathy Fish, and Christopher Allen. Click here.

Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now open. The reading period for standard submissions closes again December 15, 2023. Submit here.


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