What is Flash Fiction? Short, Sharp, Memorable Stories – by Reedsy…

Flash fiction is a type of prose narrative that takes the form of very brief, self-contained stories. Its word count ranges from 5 to 1,000 words on average, and tops out at 1,500.

Also called a short short, micro-story, or nanotale, a work of flash fiction isn’t just a pared-back short story.

The form is unique in that, rather than focusing on plot or character development, it focuses on movement: each sentence (or even word) peels back a layer and progresses the story.

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