What is Short Tale Shrew?
It’s often said that writing is a lonely profession. At Short Tale Shrew, we hope to make the world of writing a little less lonely. Short Tale Shrew is an online community designed with writers of Flash Fiction in mind. It is a place in which both beginners and seasoned wordsmiths can meet, collaborate, draw inspiration and occasionally step into the spotlight.
Our intention is to begin robust conversations and build community. Through periodic contests that offer both publication and cash prizes, we will serve writers by providing them with the opportunity to gain exposure and publication experience.
What is Flash Fiction?
Whether you call it Flash Fiction, Microfiction, or something else entirely, one thing is obvious: Flash Fiction is a niche that resists definition. For the sake of clarity, on this page, we will define Flash Fiction as any piece of fiction that seeks to tell a story in 1,000 words or fewer. Flash Fiction stories can be any genre, but differ from poetry or vignette in the sense that they are strictly prose, and contain all the elements of story, including a protagonist, plot, setting, and theme. Some Flash Fiction stories are as short as one sentence long! Using so few words requires language that is particularly dense and powerful.
Okay, okay, I got it. But what’s up with the name?
A short-tail shrew is the perfect mascot for a group of Flash Fiction writers. Like many writers, they tend to keep to themselves. But like Flash Fiction writing, the short-tail shrew is small and fierce. Short-tail shrews have sharp teeth and enough potent venom in one bite to kill up to 200 mice! We hope our writing mimics the short-tail shrew…diminutive, but immensely powerful. Beside that, who can pass up a “short tale” pun? If you are a Flash Fiction aficionado, whether you read or write, come join us!