Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Welcome, friends, casual acquaintances, and the human unknown, to a little off-shoot site dedicated to the fine art of Flash Fiction. What is FF you ask? Well:

"Flash fiction is fiction characterized by its extreme brevity. While there is no universally accepted exact word limit, generally a short story is considered to constitute flash fiction if it is less than 1,000–2,000 words long, and most flash-fiction pieces are between 250 and 1,000 words long. (By contrast, "traditional" short stories range from 2,000 words to upwards of 20,000, and are mainly between 3,000 and 10,000 words long; they are distinguished from longer forms, such as the novel and novella, primarily by the intent that they be read in a single sitting.)

Other names for flash fiction include sudden fiction, microfiction, micro-story, postcard fiction, and short short story, though distinctions are sometimes drawn between some of these terms; for example, sometimes 1,000 words is considered the cut-off between "flash fiction" and the slightly longer "sudden fiction". The term "flash fiction" likely originated in James Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Tom Hazuka's 1992 anthology of that . As the authors of that anthology said in their introduction, their own definition of a "flash fiction" was a story that would fit on two facing pages of a typical digest-sized literary magazine, or about 750 words."

So there you go: No real genre necessary and more or less as un-cohesive as it comes. Well, we hope you'll enjoy it nonetheless. Our updating will be regularly and will begin, most likely, as soon as possible. Well, those of you thrilled by quick stories and eye-popping fiction grabbing at you from all around... sit tight, it's just going to get better.

S. Miller

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