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


Flash Interview: Claudia Smith Chen

There are so many def­i­n­i­tions out there. What dis­tin­guish­es a flash fic­tion from, say, a prose poem? I don’t think there is any one answer but the dis­cus­sion is an inter­est­ing one.


Tasha’s Tips for The Aspiring Writer: Read Widely

I’m con­vinced that through read­ing wide­ly we inter­nal­ize the archi­tec­ture of how sto­ries are told. We sub­con­scious­ly sense when a good sto­ry is being told to us, and the oppo­site is also true: we under­stand when a sto­ry is not being told well. 


What Writers Can Learn From Claudia Smith Chen’s “Window”

As a writer, I’m drawn to flash fic­tion and short-short sto­ries that pack a raw, emo­tion­al­ly charged punch. In this piece, I am in awe of how Chen uti­lizes descrip­tive details, action, and movement–plus oth­er lit­er­ary devices–to pro­duce a pow­er­ful, com­plete sto­ry in less than 150 words. In this arti­cle, I dis­cuss the tech­niques I admire.