A few months ago I came across a call for micro stories by MatchBook. (The requirements were quite specific, as it could contain no more than 140 or so characters in total, divided into three lines. Read some of their stories here)
I tried writing a few and it wasn’t easy! But I liked the challenge, it is like flash fiction on a sugar high (or perhaps a diet?). Whichever simile you go for, it is a fun thing to try if you enjoy writing as well as puzzles. Plus it can be finished relatively quickly, which is very satisfying in itself.
Thought I’d share one of my attempts and my prompts for this one were mystery and cookies.
Her Enemy They Said
But his hands, so gentle, passed
only cookies with a hint of almond.
Big news ahead! Warning: potential self-promotion in the next few paragraphs.
National Flash-Fiction Day is coming up in the UK — the 25th of June to be precise, as it is one of the shortest days of the year. (If not the shortest?) As in previous years the people at NFFD have organised competitions in connection with it: a few weeks ago the 10 winning entries for the Micro-Fiction competition were announced on the blog and this Tuesday they revealed the 50 entries to be included in the 2016 Anthology.
I love flash-fiction, micro-fiction, twitter-fic, and all such writing. I love the immediacy of it, and the puzzle-like aspect of putting things together in a condensed space. It’s an art form I’m still learning about and trying to figure out, so when I saw the call for submissions I took it as an opportunity to practice and perhaps find some good ideas. Today I am delighted, chuffed, ecstatic, and all other suitable adjectives, to have one of my pieces included in this year’s flash-fiction anthology. Many thanks to NFFD for giving me the opportunity to take part and I am excited to see all the contributions in print, there are a lot of good writers on this list (a little daunting to be included among them!).
Roliga nyheter på gång!!
Flash-Fiction är väldig korta texter, i samma linje som mikro-texter, Twitterfiktion osv. Jag älskar tanken och pusslet med att skriva sådana texter, och att försöka få fram en historia eller känsla i ett väldigt, väldigt kort och strukturerat format. Som med mycket annat jag gör är jag långt ifrån fullärd men jag är i alla fall enormt, oerhört, och fantastiskt glad över att en av mina flashfictions blivit utvald till National Flash-Fiction Days antologi tillsammans med 49 andra bidrag. Boken kommer att tryckas upp i både fysisk kopia och blir tillgänglig online någon gång under sommaren. Detta projekt görs i samband med att man firar National Flash-Fiction Day i England – i år den 25 juni, och så snart jag har boken i min hand lär jag lägga upp en bild eller två. Jantelagen be damned!