So I really hadn't been exposed to much flash fiction before joining LitReactor, and I have grown to thoroughly enjoy the format. I was wondering though... is there a place for writing even shorter than flash fiction?
For example: I have friend who makes hilarious facebook posts. They're well-written and well thought out, always get a ton of attention and laughs, and they're usually about 3-8 paragraphs long. I've seen some as short as 2 paragraphs. Some aren't funny, but are just insightful, or conjure specific imagery.
It all made me think that there might be a place for something like that in this day and age. Maybe a novelette filled with them. Like poetry, someone could even strategically and artfully craft 2 paragraphs that tell an entire story. It would be a lesson in efficiency.
Hell, maybe something like this already exists. It's late and I'm rambling.
On here somewhere, there's an essay about Micro Fiction, which I guess is just shorter Flash Fiction. Also, in the forum somewhere is the Game of Threes, where people have to write stories in 3 paragraphs.
I was thinking how cool a collection of Micro Stories would be, like a short-story anthology but with all of these little, easily-digestible things. Would be pretty rad. But maybe it's been done and I just don't know.
Check out Lydia Davis. She's one of the best.
Twitter fiction comes to mind specifically. Though if your follower count is anything like mine, you'll have people acting like copy cats.
I prefer fiction between 500 and 1,000 words anyway. For books, chapters that are between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
I used to do full length short fiction, that was a collection of micro-fiction.
I seemed to have neglected to mention twitter epistolaries. Where it's a collection of short stories that are told in twitter feeds.
I've been sitting on that Lydia Davis book for a while now, so eager to dive in.
I used to tweet a ton of microfiction; need to get back on that.
As far as outlets for microfiction, my friend Gayle Towell runs Microfiction Mondays, appropriately enough. I own three volumes of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hitRECord community, as well as Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. I also have Smash the Hammer, but haven't gotten around to reading that one yet.
Flash fiction is generally considered 1,000 words or less. Micro-fiction word limit is usually considered lower than for flash fiction but I don't think the cut-off for it is well defined, and occasionally I hear the two terms used interchangeably. Here are a few litmags with low word count limits:
Journal of Compressed Creative Arts- 600 words
Camroc Review, Vestal Review, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Yellow Mama, First Stop Fiction - 500 words
Linnet's Wings- 400 words
Nano Fiction- 300 words
Boston Literary Magazine- 250 words
Dogzplot- 200 words
100 Word Story- 100 words
Nailpolish Stories- 25 words (title should be a nail polish color)
Short, Fast, and Deadly- 420 characters (not words)
I'm sure there are some single author micro-fiction collections on Amazon, although there are many more flash fiction collections. Here are a couple of multi-author micro-fiction anthologies:
Micro Fiction (250 words) edited by Jerome Stern
Hint Fiction (25 words) edited by Robert Swartwood