World’s Shortest Stories

US AUTHOR ERNEST HEMINGWAY WAS FAMOUSLY ECONOMICAL IN HIS STYLE. He was once challenged, supposedly for the price of his bar bill, to write a complete story in only six words. Hemingway rose to the challenge brilliantly: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. The science...

A Short History of Microfiction

HOLLY HOWITT-DRING’S STUDY OF MICRO WRITING, Making Micro Meanings – Reading and Writing Microfiction, is excerpted in this article in edited form. Despite its increasing popularity in anthologies, microfiction is not as recent a form as some may imagine, as it has...

Making Micro Meanings

HOLLY HOWITT-DRING’S STUDY OF MICRO WRITING, Making Micro Meanings – Reading and Writing Microfiction, is excerpted in this article, by kind permission of the author.   One feature often seen as the definitive hallmark of microfiction, is the ‘twist’:...

Hypertext as Micro Fiction

IN A CONVENTIONAL BOOK YOU WILL FIND PAGES following diligently on, one after the other. This works well enough and has done for many a year. Look up from your book though and what do you find? You’ll find a screen. Herein resides the micro possibilities of the...

Sixpence

WRITING THE BRIEFEST OF SHORT FICTIONS is a delicate venture. There’s no room to turn the piece on a sixpence. You need to be sharp. Ian Rochford is just one of those sharp writers. Consider his micro fiction New Year’s Eve: Curiously, I don’t hate New...
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