Tag: fiction

The Wallace Line Selected as Nelson Algren Finalist

My short story “The Wallace Line,” has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Nelson Algren Awards sponsored by The Chicago Tribune. I was one of four finalists selected out of more than 1,000 writers. I get $1000 – more than I’ve ever made in a lifetime of literary work – and “The Wallace…




Books That Are Too Long: Swamplandia!

My favorite books are short ones. The Great Gatsby is a slim 180 pages. That’s all it takes for Fitzgerald to recreate the Roaring 20s and give us the quintessential American striver. Ernest Hemingway is a master of economy, using just 251 pages to tell the tragedy of The Sun Also Rises. A Handful of…




Murder in Ocean Hall – 99 Cents for Kindle Owners

Did you get a Kindle for Xmas? Get my book Murder in Ocean Hall for just 99 cents in this holiday offer exclusively for Kindle owners. My novel is a murder-mystery set in Washington, DC. Inspired by my experience in the city, Murder in Ocean Hall follows a veteran detective as he investigates the death…




Don't Mess Up My Block – Cover Preview

This is a preview of my next novel, Don’t Mess Up My Block. It’s a parody of self-help books like Who Moved My Cheese. Look for it after the holidays!




The Really Real World

by Joe Flood Thematic Literary Magazine, Issue 3 I’M NOT GOING TO LIE. Everything you’ve read about me is true. It’s in the public record – testimony, videotapes, the gas can – so I’d be crazy to pretend otherwise. The fact pattern is well known. I thought the “E! True Hollywood Story” did an excellent…




"The Really Real World" Published in Thematic Literary

My short story, The Really Real World, has been published in Thematic Literary Magazine. It was in the “smitten” issue and is a darkly comic look at how the quest for fame ruins a budding romance. I wrote it after The Real World came to DC. They didn’t seem to belong here. We’re not sexy…




New Essay: The Washington Literary Inferiority Complex

Why do the great novels of our age emerge from New York and not DC? Washington is the capital of the country, except when it comes to fiction-writing. I examine these questions in The Washington Literary Inferiority Complex, recently published by nthWORD Shorts. I think it’s time for the Great Washington Novel.




"The Happiest Man in Washington" Published in eFiction Magazine

My short story, “The Happiest Man in Washington” has been published in eFiction Magazine. You can read it below. If you roll over the pages, you’ll see backward and forward arrows. Click on the page and it will become a full-screen view. This story was inspired by a homeless man I used to see daily…




"The City of the Dead" Published in Digital Americana

In the age of the e-book, how will readers discover new authors? One possible way might be through journals like Digital Americana, the world’s first literary magazine for tablets. It’s like Esquire or The New Yorker but on an iPad. And they just published my short story, “The City of the Dead.” My story is…




Three Upcoming Short Stories

Over the past few days, I’ve learned that three different short stories of mine will appear in three different online literary journals. Yea! All of these stories are set in DC, at least in part, and feature the “beyond the monuments” knowledge of the city that I used in Murder in Ocean Hall. The three stories are…