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nkkingston
01-06-2009, 12:24 AM
There's a lot of online publications (Flashquake (http://www.flashquake.org/prepnotes.html), Microhorror (http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/about-faq/), etc), but I've just realised that most one-page stories in magazines are flash fic too. Women's Weekly and its ilk pay up to 150 for 700 good words, which kind stunned me.

Problem is, I still struggle to use flashfic as anything other than a writing exercise; I do character vignettes and scene setting, but nothing with a real plot. I sent my only decent (cosy) flash ghost story for Flashes in the Dark (http://flashesinthedark.com/submission-guidelines/), and most women's mags don't take reprints. Time to go and play with the challenges, I guess!

Cybernaught
01-06-2009, 12:41 AM
Flash Fic is tough. I struggle with it and can't seem to manage a good story under 100 words. But as you suggested, I think 1000 words still counts as flash fiction.

As the old saying goes, "If I had more time it'd have been shorter."

nkkingston
01-07-2009, 11:24 PM
The thing about magazines is when they say 700 words or 1200, they mean those numbers and nothing in between (with the usually 10% each way, though at this length I wouldn't risk more than 5%). It's a challenging constraint, but challenges can be a source of inspiration!