(Editor’s note: this is a flash-fiction by Daniel R. Jones, the editor-in-chief of Short Tale Shrew) 10-39 It was 1:27 a.m. when I awoke to a knock on our front door. “Wasn’t Kaylee’s curfew midnight?” I asked my husband as I rose and peered through the blinds. Two policemen wearing navy-blue peaked caps stood on … More 10-39
All of us over here at the Shrew are very pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Spring writing contest! The winner is Matt Wyles, with his flash In Microcosm? If you remember, the required subject matter was rebirth. Matt’s flash-fic took an oblique attempt at this, and succeeded swimmingly. His microfiction was intimate, yet ambitious. The story took … More Winner of our 2016 Spring Writing Contest!
Whenever people bang out written communication, they typically think about who exactly they’re trying to communicate with. Whether you’re typing up an e-mail to a friend, writing a letter, or scribbling down a memo to yourself- odds are a recipient has been pre-decided. The irony is that most writers don’t have this degree of intentional-ity … More Flash Fiction- Choosing Your Audience
Great artists will often take an area of their expertise and market it to a different group by translating it into the vernacular of their intended audience. For instance, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame, takes genre fiction such as White Noise by Don Delillo or The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and markets it to … More Writing From What You Know
2016 Spring Fever Writing Award: Microfiction Short Tale Shrew is now accepting submissions for their 2016 Spring Fever Writing Award! Please read and abide by the following rules: The Contest: Here at Short Tale Shrew, we run quarterly contests centering on Flash Fiction. The 2016 Spring Fever Writer Award is Short Tale Shrew’s Flash Fiction writing contest for the … More Now accepting submissions! 2016 Spring Fever Microfiction
Those of you who are familiar with my Flash Fiction writing know that I have an affinity for the ultra-short. Recently, I finished reading “Hint Fiction” by Robert Swartwood. This book is a collection of stories that are written in 25 words or less. Throughout Short Tale Shrew blog posts, I’ve scattered various quotations from … More Book Recommendation: “Hint Fiction”
I’ve talked a little about David Shields’ seminal book Reality Hunger in past posts. Today I want to respond to another quotation from that same book. Here’s a statement quoted in his chapter about flash fiction: “Even as they’re exploring extremely serious and complex material, short-short writers frequently use a certain mock modesty to give … More Tone and Voice in Flash Fiction
Hello, dear readers! I thought you might like to read a new microfiction story by Daniel R. Jones, a Short Tale Shrew editor. Enjoy!
Good morning, and Merry Christmas Eve! The holidays are here, and with them comes a busy schedule for most of us, filled with family get-togethers, Christmas parties, work gatherings and a whole slew of other festivities. Usually, this means less time to write. However, some of us enjoy time off of work/school and might have a little … More Holidays and Flash Fiction Contest
Minimalism has turned our society upside down. Apple products have left consumers spellbound by their simplicity. Room decor has become increasingly elegant. Web designers succeed or fail depending on how effortless their websites are to navigate. What might be less obvious, however, are the ways in which minimalism has infiltrated our art. For instance, sparse … More Flash Fiction and Minimalism