Love in a flash - University publishes micro love stories anthology.

Posted on 8th February 2018

The University of Chester has brought out a collection of 300 micro love stories, to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

Short on Sugar High On Honey book cover
Short on Sugar High On Honey book cover

The beautiful pocket-sized anthology is entitled Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Stories, and is edited by Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka. Over 200 authors from around the world have contributed to the book.

Flash fiction is very short stories – in this collection they range from seven to 13 words. Despite their brevity, many experiences of love are covered – from comedy shorts:

He lowered his pants. She gasped. He’d misspelled her name. It was permanent. (M. E. Parker)

I flirted with my chemistry teacher, but I didn’t get a reaction. (Jonathan Pinnock)

I dumped you because you write love poems rhyming love with glove. (Desdemona Jones)

To the romantic:

Like a dandelion, I fall apart in the breeze of her blown kiss. (Kaleb Estes)

To the more bittersweet:

Callie accepted Trey’s ring, then texted Dave to meet her at the pawnshop. (Joanne Fairies)

As a faithful wife, I faced no remorse. Only regrets. (Nathalie Boisard-Beudin)

Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler from the University’s Department of English are the managing editors of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, publishers of the book. They are general editors of the anthology and are among the 200 featured authors.

Dr Peter Blair said: “Short on Sugar, High on Honey is the Press’s fourth publication and we are extremely excited that it has been edited by two leading lights in the world of flash fiction. We hope that readers enjoy the book, which would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.”

Reviews include:

“If William Blake could see a world in a grain of sand, what might he see in a micro love story? My favourite is by Pedro Ponce: “There was a boy who loved a girl. Such stories rarely end well.” These micros challenge the reader to imagine the agony and ecstasy of whole lives in about a dozen words. Are you up to it? Buy this book and see.”
Robert Shapard, author of Motel and Other Stories; co-editor of Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short-Short StoriesSudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America.

 “Love is where you find it. Until you lose it. These brief encounters swing both ways, here today, gone tomorrow, but always with instant recognition. You’ve been there. Now here you are again. With its truth burned into your memory.”
James Thomas, co-editor of Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short StoriesFlash Fiction: 72 Very Short StoriesFlash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World.

Editor of Short on Sugar, High on Honey, Mark Budman was born in the former Soviet Union. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such magazines as Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, and The London Magazine. He is the publisher of a flash fiction magazine Vestal Review. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton.

Co-editor Tom Hazuka teaches fiction writing at Central Connecticut State University. He has published two adult novels and many award-winning short stories, as well as a book on the NCAA Final Four championship (basketball), travel articles, and poetry.

For further information, to buy a copy (for £5.99 including postage) or to read sample stories, please visit:

Short on Sugar, High on Honey is also available from Amazon: Stories/dp/0993182232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516317733&sr=8-1&keywords=short+on+sugar+high+on+honey