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“Guidelines for Using the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library”

1. Unlike when visiting Fairyland, you need not worry about the perils of eating or drinking while inside the library.

It’s always an extra delight when you manage to sell a piece you feared might be unsellable. This piece of flash fiction, in listicle format, is basically my love letter to the main library at Harvard, and while parts of it are entirely made up, those parts are far fewer than you might think.

It also constitutes my first-ever sale to Lightspeed Magazine! It came out in issue #153, in February 2023, and is free to read online! (There’s also an author spotlight to go with this piece — they don’t usually do that for flash, but I wound up a pinch-hit when they needed someone to fill in.)