What is Flash Fiction?


This week, the wonderful flash fiction and craft publication, Fiction Southeast, published an essay that I wrote titled “What is Flash Fiction?” In this, I discuss the difference between flash fiction and prose poetry, as well as the top five defining characteristics of the genre. Here’s a teaser paragraph, with a link to the full essay at the end:

“Flash fiction is more about reaction than action, therefore the situation frequently out-sizes the characters. The characters certainly react, but the reactions reveal more about the human condition in general than they do about any one, specific fictional person. We’re not dealing with heavy backstory or what if’s here. We hit the ground running; get in, get out—done…”

Read the full essay here.

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