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Short Stories: September 21, 2022 Issue [#11532]

 This week: Very Short Short Stories
  Edited by: Annette
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

A micro-fiction piece is a story told in 300 or fewer words. ~ "The Micro-Fiction Challenge"   by Lilli ☕️ 🧿

“Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” ~ Ray Bradbury

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Letter from the editor

Very Short Short Stories

Extreme brevity is the name of the game when describing very short short stories.

Like anything that is important in life, very short short stories have many names. Some of those names even hold a slightly different meaning, but they all describe very short short stories.

Dribble or Minisaga is limited to 50 words.
Drabble or Microfiction is limited to 100 words.
Sudden fiction is limited to 750 words.
Flash fiction and Microstories have to work with 1000 words.

Very short short stories or flash fiction go all the way back to prehistory and have stayed relevant through all ages. They are a fiction telling form in cultures from all around the world. There are records of written flash fiction in fables and parables. A famous example are some of Aesop's Fables. India has the Panchatantra. Japanese writer Michio Tsuzuki popularized flash fiction in the post-war period.

Cosmopolitan magazine published flash fiction stories in the 1920s and collected them into anthologies in the 1930s.

Writing.Com has many short short story contests that give you the opportunity to try your hand at very short fiction. A few are listed below, but you can easily find more by making sure to scan "Writing Contests @ Writing.Com and also look at the listing of forums https://www.writing.com/main/list_items/item_type/forums.

The best thing is that writing flash fiction can take as little as a few minutes. It may not be a masterpiece every single time, but you will be able to say you wrote a whole story.

Ray Bradbury has full confidence in your ability to write good short stories. See his quote above.

Can you tell a whole story in just a few words?

Editor's Picks

Microscopic Stories  (18+)
Entries for the Micro Fiction Challenge 2022.
#2275621 by Beholden

Micro-Fiction Stories  (13+)
Stories 300 words and under.
#2266387 by Lornda

Micro-Fiction Challenge II  (13+)
Fiction stories written in 100 words, Round 2.
#2275475 by Cubby~SeptLighthouse Volunteer

 The Legacy  (E)
Micro fiction challenge sesion 2 prompt 9
#2279143 by My Sox Rox

The Micro-Fiction Challenge Entries  (18+)
Entries for the Micro-fiction Challenge (and other micro-fictions written for WdC things).
#2266435 by Steven

 Bad Friend  (E)
The tryouts for the school musical.
#2279155 by Sumojo

Micro Fiction Book  (ASR)
A tiny fiction book for tiny stories
#2275459 by Queen NormaJean Cheering Queen

 the tryouts  (E)
the tryouts
#2279229 by JCosmos

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best STORY or POEM in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophy

The Forum of Micro-Monologue Contest  (E)
A fortnightly contest of Micro-Monologue.
#2277052 by Dr Rupali Goswami

Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  (13+)
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
#896794 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

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Ask & Answer

Replies to my last Short Stories newsletter "Just A Glance that asked Do you enjoy reading stories were you are dropped into the plot and expected to accept it the way you find it?

JCosmos wrote: great advice. I need work on revising my stories before submitting them.

Editing and revising is always a good idea before submitting any piece of writing.

dragonwoman wrote: Thanks for including my story "Mirror, Mirror"

The thanks go to you for creating pieces that can be showcased.

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