National Flash Fiction Day: Twitter users tell us their stories
We celebrate the flashiest of flash fiction, with this selection of 100-character stories
For those of you who are unfamiliar with flash fiction, let’s clear a few things up. Firstly, it is not fan fiction dedicated to Flash Gordon, the music of Queen, or any of the associated characters and contributors to the Flash Gordon series. Similarly, it does not correspond to Flash the popular brand of cleaning product, Flash the Adobe program or hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash. By definition, flash fiction is literature of ‘extreme brevity’, comprised of 1,000 words or fewer. We’d love to explain more, but we’re trying to be brief.
With that in mind, let’s get right down to it: on Sat 27 Jun, National Flash Fiction Day will be upon us – an event which aims ‘to celebrate all that is exciting and bold and, above all, brief in the world of flash fiction.’ We decided to be extra bold, and asked our readers to send us extremely brief works of fiction – 100 characters max (and by characters we mean words, spaces and punctuation marks – we don’t want a Game of Thrones-esque cast of thousands).
The results came in on Twitter, and you can see for yourself using the hashtag #ListFF. Here are a selection of our favourites.
National Flash Fiction Day is on Sat 27 Jun.