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Flash fiction is a term for an extremely short story. The length can vary between one sentence and a couple of pages. Depending on whom you ask, the maximum length can be anywhere from 300 to 1000 words.

There are several competitions for flash fiction. Often the rules for these contests give specific word counts, like 42 or 69; entrants who miss the mark are disqualified. Other contests give a list of what must be contained in the story, the winner being the one who fits all of those criteria while producing the shortest story. These stories are often only one or two sentences long.


This is a type of Prose Fiction; a subtrope of Minimalism and Constrained Writing. Compare Drabble.

Has nothing to do with Fan Fic of The Flash. Or fiction run in Adobe Flash.

Compare Beige Prose.



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