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Writing Successful Flash Fiction

Writing Successful Flash Fiction

Flash fiction, also known as micro fiction or short-short fiction, is growing in popularity. There are any number of competitions and anthologies offering the opportunity to submit pieces in this genre. And a new writer might be forgiven for thinking it’s easier to write a short piece than a long one. But in fact, the opposite is true. With a word limit sometimes as low as 50 or 100, it’s more important than ever to make every word count.

K M Elkes is a master of flash. His stories have won, or been placed, in international writing competitions, including the Manchester Fiction Prize, Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Bridport Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. His short fiction collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction) was shortlisted for a 2020 Saboteur Award. His work been published in many anthologies and literary journals, and featured on school curricula in the USA and China. Coming from a rural working class background, his work often reflects marginalised voices and places.

This is a masterclass in this popular genre of short story writing, from one of the best in the business.