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These Twitter Romance Novels Capture Love In Five Words (Sort Of)

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts

Can love be captured in just five words? The whole sweeping, passionate arc of a romance novel? Twitter users think so! Well, sort of. In the trending...

Blossoming Mall Flower: An Interview with Tina Barry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Tina Barry's poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Drunken Boat; Elimae; Lost in Thought; Bl...

'Best Small Fictions 2015' and a Talk with Hiromi Kawakami

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 01.04.2017 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

"Flash" or very short fiction is ever more popular these days. The wonderful Best Small Fictions 2015 (Queen's Ferry Press), edited by Tara L. Masih and guest editor Robert Olen Butler, brings together "small fictions" by fifty-five writers including Rusty Barnes, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Diane Williams.

A RIFT in the Clouds: An Interview With Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan

Loren Kleinman | Posted 12.16.2016 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Kathy Fish's stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Yemassee Journal...

A Peek Inside the Writing of Paul Beckman

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.19.2016 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Paul Beckman's stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries.

Here's How You Write A Short Story On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts

"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn." So goes Ernest Hemingway's famous six-word story, which, in spite of being perfectly compact, manages to paint a c...

Read 12 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry -...

Matt Potter Talks Pure Slush

Loren Kleinman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps a part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, and he is, rather amazingly, also the founding editor of Pure Slush.

Maddie Crum

Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new. H.P. Lovecraft ...

Trading Stuff for Knowledge: How Trade School LA Wants to Change Community Learning

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Elan Barnehama

I don't know who signed up for my class, but I know that we share the belief that community matters. To paraphrase Grace Paley, a community might not be changed by talking to one person at a time, but it can be known.

The First Kiss of the Future

Paul Ratner | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects." ...

They Lived In Between Her Blinks

Paul Ratner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
Paul Ratner

As most people, she was under the impression that when she blinked, only her sight dropped out. But of course that was not true.

The God of Parking Lots

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.24.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

There are many objects and concepts that require specific gods to oversee their life and use. But nothing has ever needed a god as badly as parking lots. At least, that is what the God of Parking Lots kept repeating to himself, to make up for a generally ignored existence.

Hammering Monkeys

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" ...

Unnecessary Planet

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

They lived on the unnecessary planet doing unnecessary things and were generally unnecessary people. It happens like that some times, when the universe produces things both really great and little enough to be superfluous.

The International Day Of Laziness

Paul Ratner | Posted 09.04.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" The ...

Orchestra Sweatshop

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" Th...

The Best Actress in the World

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

She was the best actress in the world -- the star of the silver screen -- the sun of the golden stage. She was so exact, so convincing in disappearing into her characters that the imaginary world she created became more precise and real than the real world she lived in.

The Shocking Saga of an Imprisoned Idea

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects An i...

The Fear of Knowing Everything

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

He had a fear of knowing everything. Some day it was bound to happen. All the questions would get their answers. All that is unpredictable would fit into narrow and well-defined boundaries.

The Meaning of Life

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

It wasn't something he expected to happen on such a dreary drizzly day, but he did, in fact, come to understand the meaning of life. And it wasn't one of those drunken enlightenments. No, this was the real thing.

Literature in Miniature

Electric Literature | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

2012-10-10-ElectricLit.jpg While the word counts of Alex Epstein's "microfictions" may rarely reach triple digits, the stories from his new collection, For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings, occupy the space of something much larger.

'For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn'

NPR | JJ Sutherland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"When they opened the cadaver, they found a house. A couple argued inside. There was a rhythm to their words, like the beating of a heart."...

Short Stories

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We continue our series on the short story, asking writers how they compare writing short stories to writing novels, the demands the story makes on the...

Adventures in Modern Eating: Had Enough Of Your Plate?

Carol Maric | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Maric

" Are you hungry? " " No. I am tired of eating. It is so high maintenance and costs too much. I am tired of it. I cannot take it anymore! I...