is any work of fiction that is typically 500 words
or less. It is written in such a way that you get the maximum
amount of impact
in as few words as possible
The "First they came for the Jews...
" thing about the Nazis
is a good example of flash fiction. It is under 100 words and it has a plot
. The fewer words, the more concise
, the better.
It may seem simple
, but it's quite challenging
. A few online zines
publish flash fiction, such as Ideomancer
), and Vestal Review
(all genres). Typically paying .03 per word
for 500 words or less and raising in respective categories until you get to 100 words or less, which typically pays .10 per word
It's good when you're just looking for bite-size
fiction tidbits. However, the really well-written
ones are worth taking more time to examine, because a very skilled
writer can conceal
much more meaning
in a few sentences than one might notice at first
, or even second
glance. That's what flash fiction is all about.