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Writing Micro Fiction
Micro fiction is a short story written with very few words. According to Camille Renshaw, "Micro Fiction, by nature, is defiant. It defies length, boundaries, and expectations. But tight, provocative fiction requires analysis and editing. Taking an idea and distilling it into a “micro”- cosm of its original self is challenging" (Renshaw, 1998).
Every publisher seems to have their own word limits so check the guidelines carefully before submitting. There are a many of types of these short stories, usually based on their word count.
Most micro fiction publishers are looking for stories that fall under the heading of speculative fiction—fantasy, horror or science fiction. Editors are generally looking for cohesive stories that are a bit unusual and have a touch of humor. Dark, horror, spooky, macabre, gruesome, mystery, and alien are just a few of the types of stories that generally fall under this heading.
Micro fiction is not easy to write. You have to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end in 100-200 words or less, though some have as little as six or 50 word limits. That means writing a very concise story. It is a form of writing that requires a lot of practice and finding a mentor really helps.
For more help, check out "The Quick, Sharp Stroke: Writing Micro Fiction," by G.W. Thomas: http://www.gwthomas.org/examples.htm
A short list of publishers of micro and flash fiction. Almost all of them are non-paying markets but if you're looking to have others read your work this is a good place to start.
• Duotrope: http://www.duotrope.com
• Apollo’s Lyre: http://apollos-lyre.tripod.com
• Nanoism: http://nanoism.net
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Renshaw, C. (1998). The essentials of micro-fiction. Retrieved from http://www.pifmagazine.com/1998/06/the-essentials-of-microfiction.
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