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!
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
In the past, we’ve discussed how Flash Fiction is narrative. As such, it must encapsulate all the components of a longer piece of fiction. Today, I’d like to look at an opposing- or perhaps a complementary -view. In David Shield’s ingenious book, “Reality Hunger,” he talks about Flash Fiction, or “short-shorts” as he calls them, … More MPWs, a Metric for Great Flash Fiction
I wanted to follow up our last blog post with a book recommendation. “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” is a fantastic book in which author Mason Currey has compiled the rituals of 161 brilliant novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians. Among some of them are: Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin, … More Book Recommendation: ‘Daily Rituals’
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 … More About Us