So small it slips between the cracks: the brief story of microfiction

Holly Howitt-Dring

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    The way I see it, microfictions are very short stories which (like any good writing) have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but tell their story in as few words as possible – usually in a paragraph, or a page or two. When I talk about microfiction, I incorporate the terms flash fiction, short shorts, postcard fiction, sudden fiction and even prose poetry, using it as an umbrella to cover all shorter stories. Some are firm about the division between prose poetry and microfiction, but given that the forms are so closely linked, and so similar in their purpose, I will discuss them together here. So, how did it all start, and where is it going?
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPlanet Extra
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2010

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