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sketchyfish
07-08-2014, 02:45 AM
I was wondering how everyone actually goes about finding flash fiction. Do you follow a particular great author? Or do you just stick to magazines and stuff that is published online?


The reason I ask is because I'm interested in finding the best of the best (learn from the best kinda thing), and it's proving difficult.


I'm looking for something concise. Thanks!

Jane Berry
08-13-2014, 09:23 PM
Daily Science Fiction has recently made an editorial change to publish flash fiction Monday through Thursday, and traditional short story length on Fridays. The stories do only come in only scifi flavors, but signing up is free and they're conveniently delivered to your inbox daily.

My only issue with DSF is that the quality can vary. There are some items in there which probably wouldn't have made it past a slush reader at a different publication.

http://dailysciencefiction.com

Fruitbat
08-17-2014, 08:20 AM
Oh gosh, there are so many...Here are a couple of my favorite print flash anthologies. I think they give a good overview of different styles and such since so many authors are included:

http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Fiction-Forward-Short-Stories/dp/0393328023

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393308839/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0393328023&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=11MMYP6RYBTKZBJXZ3QD

A few of my favorite free online flash ezines: Wigleaf, fwriction, Smokelong, Nano Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, PANK, Monkeybicycle, Frigg, Storyglossia and many more.

But if you asked a dozen people which ones are best, you'd likely get as many different answers. I'd just read lots of them, wherever you find them. Personally, I haven't found the popularity or price of the publication to be all that accurate a measure of story quality. With any of them, in my opinion some are good, some aren't, in varying degrees. Those that stand out to you are probably the ones you'll learn the most from for your own writing.

kennyc
01-12-2015, 03:49 PM
Oh gosh, there are so many...Here are a couple of my favorite print flash anthologies. I think they give a good overview of different styles and such since so many authors are included:

http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Fiction-Forward-Short-Stories/dp/0393328023

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393308839/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0393328023&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=11MMYP6RYBTKZBJXZ3QD
......

Yep, those are both wonderful! As is Flash Fiction Youth (though not quite as good for me) also the Sudden Fiction anthologies ... but they are longer than most flash fiction stories.

Single author collections - Stuart Dybek - The Coast of Chicago
Lydia Davis - The Collected Stories and Can't and Won't
and David Shumate has three collections of prose poetry that are pretty much the same as flash fiction also Nin Andrews (prose poet).

I've been reading/studying/writing/learning Flash - both fiction and nonfiction as well as prose poetry and there is a very large overlap in the venn diagram of them when overlapped. :)

I'm currently working on putting together my own collection(s) of possibly each or possibly a 'merged' version containing all of the above. :)

Go Flash!

kennyc
01-12-2015, 03:53 PM
I'll also mention the Rose Metal Press Field Guides to Flash Fiction, Flash NonFiction and Prose Poetry. They are wonderful, include many examples, instruction and links/references to anthologies, collections, and publishers.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Rose%20Metal%20Press

Cybernaught
01-12-2015, 05:15 PM
I really enjoy Every Day Fiction. They send a new piece of flash fiction to your inbox each day.

Southpaw
03-13-2015, 09:01 PM
I like http://flashfictionmagazine.com/ It has a different genres and the site loads quickly.

kennyc
05-05-2015, 08:34 PM
Oh gosh, there are so many...Here are a couple of my favorite print flash anthologies. I think they give a good overview of different styles and such since so many authors are included:

http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Fiction-Forward-Short-Stories/dp/0393328023

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393308839/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0393328023&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=11MMYP6RYBTKZBJXZ3QD

A few of my favorite free online flash ezines: Wigleaf, fwriction, Smokelong, Nano Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, PANK, Monkeybicycle, Frigg, Storyglossia and many more.

But if you asked a dozen people which ones are best, you'd likely get as many different answers. I'd just read lots of them, wherever you find them. Personally, I haven't found the popularity or price of the publication to be all that accurate a measure of story quality. With any of them, in my opinion some are good, some aren't, in varying degrees. Those that stand out to you are probably the ones you'll learn the most from for your own writing.

Yep, those are some of the very best!

kennyc
10-12-2015, 04:15 PM
I've just posted about a new anthology of flash fiction in a separate thread: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?312031-New-Anthology-The-Best-Small-Fictions-2015

Anna Spargo-Ryan
11-29-2015, 09:34 AM
Seizure is an Australian publication that has a whole section for flash (called "Flashers") - http://seizureonline.com/category/flashers/. They put out some really, really good stuff.

I also highly recommend these two books (also Australian):

Captives by Angela Meyer is entirely microfiction http://inkermanandblunt.com/home/projects/captives/

Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe is all short fiction, with some truly excellent bits of flash http://www.readings.com.au/products/15221476/tarcutta-wake

kennyc
11-29-2015, 03:12 PM
Seizure is an Australian publication that has a whole section for flash (called "Flashers") - http://seizureonline.com/category/flashers/. They put out some really, really good stuff.
...

Thanks! Just read "Down The Aisle, Music" I'm rolling in the aisles. :)

kennyc
11-29-2015, 05:15 PM
I love flash and I've been focused not quite exclusively on flash fiction, prose poetry, microfiction/drabble most of this year. I'll mention a few online and print publications that I've been reading/impressed with.

Microfiction Monday Magazine (http://microfictionmondaymagazine.com/) (and not just because they recently accepted one of mine. :) )
Smokelong Quarterly (http://www.smokelong.com/)
Flash Fiction Online (http://flashfictiononline.com/main/)
Vestal Review (http://www.vestalreview.org/)
Nanofiction (http://nanofiction.org/)
Dogzplot (http://dogzplot.blogspot.com/)
Everyday Fiction (http://everydayfiction.com/)
50 Word Stories (http://fiftywordstories.com/)
Matchbook (http://www.matchbooklitmag.com/)
Pleiades (http://www.pleiadesmag.com/)
Camroc Press (http://www.camrocpressreview.com/)
Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (http://matterpress.com/journal/)
Penny Fiction (http://www.hauntedwaterspress.com/Penny_Fiction.html)
Eunoia Review (https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/) (my piece Smokejumper (https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/smokejumper/) was published there recently)

Enjoy!

flowerburgers
11-29-2015, 08:48 PM
Peter Orner is a genius and most of his work is under 1,000 words. Highly recommend Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge.

kennyc
11-29-2015, 09:03 PM
Did I mention Lydia Davis? Stuart Dybek? David Shumate? Jayne Anne Phillips? :)