This is a piece of prose between 100 and 500 words long. The most common lengths prescribed in flash fiction competitions are 100-250 words. In such a restricted space the story has to be very simple. Good examples can take the form of an anecdote with a twist ending, or a lead up to a joke; or they can try to capture a brief but important moment in someone’s life. It might help to think of flash fiction as poetry in a prose format. Like a poem, the flash fiction piece will focus on one idea or situation. And like a poem, every word has to be perfect.

Because flash fiction doesn’t take up much space in magazines and doesn’t task the modern attention span, there are an increasing number of opportunities to sell this form of fiction. And in the wider writing community there is more recognition of the skill needed to produce these little gems.

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