Where To Read Good Examples of Flash Fiction

 

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Daily Science Fiction:  Science fiction emailed to you every day!

Every Day Fiction:  This site has been along for a long time. It will send a new story to your inbox every day.

Flash Fiction Chronicles:  This is part of Every Day Fiction. It lists great resources and also has a yearly contest with a cash prize.

Flash Fiction Online: Not free, but it’s worth visiting this one.

50 Word Stories: A good way to break into Flash Fiction. 

Nanoism: A Twitter fiction site.

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts: For literary types.

Vestal Review: Boasts at being the world’s longest-running flash fiction magazine.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this series of blog posts on Flash Fiction!  

By the way, did you know there is a National Flash Fiction Day??? (Now in its seventh year, it was celebrated on June 16th.)

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Flash Fiction

 

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There are many different types of creative writing. 

Let’s look at a relatively new idea called Flash Fiction.  As its name implies, it refers to a very short story ranging in length from 300 words to 1,000 words.

Even though extremely brief, Flash fiction still offers character and plot development. Requirements? It must have a beginning, middle, and an end. (We’ll take a look at this in my next blog and determine how difficult the actual writing of Flash Fiction might be…)

 

Sometimes referred to as the minisaga, microfiction, sudden fiction, the nanotale, micro-story, and the postcard, flash fiction has its roots in fables and parables.

In France, they are called novellas; in China, they are referred to as pocket-size stories, minute-long stories, and the smoke-long story (just long enough to read while smoking a cigarette).

Examples of early Flash Fiction are Aeosop’s Fables in the west and Jataka tales in India. You may be familiar with short stories of the 1930’s, collected in anthologiies, such as The American Short Short Story.

Access to the Internet has enhanced an awareness of flash fiction, with online journals being devoted entirely to the style. Examples are the SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Flash Fiction Online and Flash Fiction Magazine.

Social media has enabled a rapid spread of this genre. Such publishers as The Anonymous Writer and The Third Word Press use flash fiction to create stories online.

Learn how to write Flash Fiction in my next blog.