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!

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  1. Hello <3! I appreciate you following Wander & Stray! I'm always looking for writing communities to participate in, and I couldn't be happier to follow you back and share in the beauty of microfiction :).


  2. Hi! Thanks for following my blog the untitled 🙂 I love what you have here! I’m not very familiar with Flash Fiction, but I can’t wait to try it out.


    1. That’s such a neat challenge! It’s certainly a good way to sharpen your writing skills. I imagine a goal as specific as that will take quite a bit of self-discipline, which is also key for a talented writer. Best of luck to you, and thanks for joining us!

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  3. Thank You for taking the time to look at my blog ‘The Voices Made Me Do It’ and for following me. This site looks really interesting and I look forward to a good read. Cheers :0)


  4. Great site! I’m new to flash fiction–more used to writing longer pieces–but I love the challenge of conciseness while still including some sense of story arc. I look forward to reading more here.


  5. Hey, thanks for following 🙂
    i write some flash fiction too, but in more extreme ways, keeping it in only 50 or less words. Of course it doesn’t has room for developing any plot. Just love the restriction that i believe could make me think harder and more imaginative


  6. i find this fascinating. It is the first time I have ever heard about flash fiction. I am intrigued and inspired to attempt this. I am a non-fiction writer, but I am up to the challenge. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I would probably never have found your blog otherwise. Much appreciated. Nancy


  7. Thanks for all your passion for flash fiction. In addition to writing it myself, I’ve spent a good deal of time recently compiling a list of places that specialize in publishing microfiction. Take a look at http://bit.ly/FlashFicList and if you think your readers would find it valuable, I would appreciate you sharing it with them.


  8. Wow! A community … and an online community at that, designed with the writers of flash fiction in mind … Thank you for finding my blog … I have just clicked follow and look forward to being a part of this … thank you …


  9. Hello there! Thanks for visiting me. I hope I pressed the right “follow” button, because I do want to join a community of flash fiction writers. I am sure that I can improve my style and content by reading what others in the community write. Thanks again.

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  10. When I was in high school (back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth), this was called a “short, short.” A story that starts as close to the ending as possible. Thanks for “following” my blog. I’d like to return the favor but don’t see an obvious “follow” button.

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  11. Thanks alot for the follow! I’m about to write flash fiction based on my short story series so reading any other flash fiction stories out there is a great help! PS – I enjoyed 10-39, it sort of works as a horror too!


  12. Thanks so much for visiting http://www.thewritesteph.com!

    I am inspired! Tomorrow, I’m totally going to post a flash fiction tale on my blog!

    BTW, where did you get the police photo? I think my hang-up may be trying to find a pic to advance my story. I write southern, and that’s where I live, so I probably should be ok. I may have to wander around town to find a southern home. 😉


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