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Who are the #Flashfiction Writers You Admire?

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I was introduced to flash fiction many years back, and I practiced it with the A to Z Challenge in 2011.

Since then, flash fiction has had a special place in my heart–you can fire off a piece pretty quickly, as I found out way back then.

They’re compressed prose, some of them reaching the completeness and self-assurance of poetry. I read them often on days when I have no time for a longer read, and sometimes I save them, like marbles, or feathers, or petals in a book during my childhood, to bring out and marvel at laterwriting flash fiction

Here are some of the stories I’ve read and loved.

Michelle Ross: Snow White with Goats

John Haggerty: Lucky Number Six

Sommer Schafer: The Snake as Big as Their House

Elaine Chiew : Insurance

Mary-Jane Holmes: Fission

Tania Hershman: Missing my Liar

Lydia Davis: Five Short Stories

Jonathan Cardew: Sadness, the adulterer

What pieces of flash fiction have you read? Care to recommend any of them? Do you prefer to read novels, or short fiction?


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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • I’ll read just about anything, but I don’t have much experience with flash fiction. I’ve read a few anthologies that are probably considered flash, though, and I enjoyed them. It’s nice to have short pieces to read in a single short-time sitting. Trouble is, even with those anthologies, I generally gulp them all down at once instead of spacing them out. (A reading glutton!)

    I’m almost finished with your book. It’s been difficult finding time lately, but I’ll definitely finish it this weekend. (No medical visits!!! YAY!) I’m at about the 90% mark now, and my Kindle ran out of steam. It should be ready any minute now…

  • Natasha says:

    Love flash fiction. And more so writing them. Please send me a link to. your flash fiction, D.


  • Rachna says:

    I enjoy flash fiction though I read very little of it now.

  • Shalzmojo says:

    Writing flash fiction is an art and I have also come across this genre during the AtoZ challenge in past few years. While I may not be able to recco any, I do know that I loved reading them and am really fascinated by the shortness of the story but how complete it turns out to be.

  • JT Twissel says:

    I didn’t even know what flash fiction was! I guess I assumed it was fiction that had to be written in a flash but it’s actually just very short stories. I like them. Thanks for the introduction.

  • fairyhanny says:

    What is Flashfiction?

  • Rajlakshmi says:

    I became a fan of your writing after reading your short stories. I love a well written flash fiction, especially those with twisted endings. They make you read the story again and again. Thank you for sharing these links. I will definitely read them.

  • camaduke says:

    Kathy Fish is one of my favorites.

  • I remember your A to Z stories – they were great!