Letter from the Publisher

On December 21, 2006, Flashing in the Gutters was shut down by its creator Tribe. This was the result of some unpleasant events that occurred which will not be discussed here.

Instead I feel we should raise a glass and toast the significant contribution that Tribe and his site made to the community. Flashing in the Gutters had a unique distinction of being a giving a large number of people a first credit, a place where a new author could find their work along side known and respected authors.

Tribe was also very dedicated to the site and stories submitted were always posted quickly. His hard work was the cornerstone of what made site what it was.

A number of sites devoted to flash fiction have appeared more recently and I think this is a further tribute to Tribe for giving very short fiction an increased respectability.

Often we still get submissions where the bio includes Flashing in the Gutters as a credit. This showed the importance that the site had achieved in such a short period of time.

While I was disappointed to see it go, I’m sure I speak for many others when I say thanks for giving the writing community such an important and respected venue.

K. Robert Einarson

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