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Friday, March 19, 2010

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash fiction is generally considered to be under 1,000 words though some markets have their own limits on what they consider. Some flash fiction has exact word counts such as 55 Fiction (55 words), 69ers (69 words), and Drabble (100 words). And while flash fiction still has the same elements of a longer story, (protagonist, conflict, complications, resolution) many times these are implied.

I love writing flash fiction.  I love the challenge of putting a whole story together with so few words.  Writing flash fiction is a great way to learn to make every sentence, every word count.

And so, today I challenge you to write a flash fiction story.

Here's some markets just for flash fiction and a great place to read it too.

Flash Fiction Online - 500 - 1,000 words.

Vestal Review - No more than 500 words.

FlashQuake - No more than 1,000 words.

SmokeLong Quarterly - No more than 1,000 words.

Now, go write a really short story. :-)

6 comments:

V.R. Leavitt said...

Man I wish I could do more flash fiction. I need a good 90k words or so to tell stories. LOL I envy people who can do flash really well.

If I ever do develop the skill, I'll keep these markets handy.

Cheryl said...

These are great. I've been meaning to try some flash fiction.

Cheryl

Jaleta Clegg said...

That's about my attention span lately. Hm, Once upon a time, a young lady walked through an orchard dripping with fresh apple - SQUIRREL!

John McDonnell said...

Thanks for the links. I enjoy writing flash fiction, and I'm always looking for more places to submit my stories. By the way, I have a fractured fairy tale at my blog, involving a princess and a wizard. I don't usually write stories like that, but it just hit me over the head and that was that.

John McDonnell said...

Thanks for the links. I enjoy writing flash fiction, and I'm always looking for more places to submit my stories. By the way, I have a fractured fairy tale at my blog, involving a princess and a wizard. I don't usually write stories like that, but it just hit me over the head and that was that.

V.R. Leavitt said...

Man I wish I could do more flash fiction. I need a good 90k words or so to tell stories. LOL I envy people who can do flash really well.

If I ever do develop the skill, I'll keep these markets handy.