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Flash Fiction vs. The Epic

Eclectic Voices


A thought from Eclectic Voices Coordinator Chelsea Sutton

I was first introduced to flash fiction back in college when I took a class devoted to the genre (and the elusive prose poetry which is closely related and possibly almost the same thing).  We read Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Presentand wrote our very own stories, usually around 500 words in length – and I’ve been enamored with it ever since.

Flash fiction has grown in popularity – with the definition and word-count varying from contest to publication.  This weekend I only just finished the first round of NYC Midnight’s annual Flash Fiction Challenge, which limits its word count to 1,000 words (and is a challenge since it only gives you 48-hours to write a story with a given genre, object and location).  NANO Fiction’s stories on the other…

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