In brief, flash fiction is a short form of storytelling. Defining it by the number of words or sentences or even pages required to tell a story, however, is impossible, for it differs from writer to writer, editor to editor. Some purists insist that it is a complete story told in less than 75 words; others claim 100 should be the maximum. For less-rigid flashers, anything under 1,000 words can be considered flash-worthy. And there are even a few who stretch their limits to 1,500 words.
Though the form is by definition extremely short, it is not a medium that tolerates fragemented storytelling. The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential, to peel away the frills and lace until you're left with nothing but the hard, clean-scraped core of a story.
Do not make the mistake of assuming that such bare-bones writing is less than elegant or beautiful. Sometimes beauty, or even inspiration, can be found in the simplest of things.
© 2000 Jason Gurley http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/flash.shtmlSo here's the deal, I wrote for an online competition. I'm not asking you to vote for me, just read all the entries and vote for the one you like the best.
You can read the original entries here and you cast your vote here. Be careful on the vote page, click the round button next to your pick and scroll down to click the VOTE button.
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Thanks and I hope you enjoy ALL the stories, I know I did!
Wake me later, I'm napping...