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. :-)