Flash Fiction: for writers, readers, editors, publishers, & fans

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Flash Fiction: What Does It Ask of Writers and Readers?

Flash is not just a very short story. It’s a story that cap­tures a rev­e­la­tion, for both the char­ac­ter and the reader. Flash is by nature tight, vivid, and star­tling.

As a writer, flash is ask­ing me to find that one instant that changes every­thing for a speci­fic char­ac­ter in a speci­fic sit­u­a­tion. Speci­ficity is required for urgent rev­e­la­tions to occur in such a con­cen­trated space.

As a reader, I think flash is ask­ing me to come to the story with­out pre­con­ceived notions or expec­ta­tions. I want to observe the magic show in awe and not bother with won­der­ing how the magi­cian pulled it off or which illu­sion will be next.

Author’s Note

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Chelsea Cov­ing­ton Maass has lived in Kansas, San Fran­cisco, and now Philadel­phia, where she is an MFA can­di­date at Rose­mont Col­lege. Her recent fic­tion can be found at HOOT Lit­er­ary Review.

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