A variety of Literature
constrained to exactly
100 words (though some say "as long as it's short"). Drabbles are usually written by fans (ficcers
) competing to see who can write the best piece in the given size. Unlike a Feghoot
, a Drabble is not necessarily a joke or Shaggy Dog Story
; however, given the limitations, serious efforts tend toward vignettes rather than fully-fleshed narratives. These may also be called "micro-fics", "nano-fics", "ficlets", and "flash fics
"; those terms can be applied to any very short story, and are not constrained by the 100 word limit.
Sometimes, professional authors have Drabble competitions. Larry Niven is a notable expert, and Neil Gaiman
wrote one (a Darker and Edgier
version of the Santa tale) as a Christmas card.
Named after a joke in Monty Python's Big Red Book
: "Drabble. A word game for 2 to 4 players. The four players sit from left to right and the first person to write a novel wins."
Not to be confused with Kevin Fagan's long-running Newspaper Comic
of that name.