Flash Fiction

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Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme conciseness. There is no broadly accepted classification of the length of the category. Word count ranges from 300 to 1000 words but a sentence can also be considered as Flash Fiction if it encompasses the ingredients of story.

One of the first known usages of the term “flash fiction” in reference to the literary style was the 1992 anthology Flash Fiction: Seventy-Two Very Short Stories. Editor James Thomas claimed that “flash fiction” was a story that would fit on two facing pages of a typical literary magazine.

Very short fiction has roots going back to Aesop’s Fables. And examples of Hemingway’s pioneering of the form are the 18 very short pieces in his first short-story collection, In Our Time.

 

 

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