Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Little Talks

It's a little blog about little opportunities to write just a little bit.
The world of Flash Fiction is exploding and giving way to shorter mediums.  Some may pooh-pooh the abbreviated works, but I think it's a wonderful way to exercise your writing chops.  Below find brief descriptions and links to some unique opportunities to publish it...just a little bit.  (Corny reference to a 90's dance song, I know. :-)

Join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a host of other cronies to draw a little picture, write a few words, and post/record your creation.  Also check out The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, where they collected the best of the best and published them.

Six-Word Memoirs 

You must be living under a rock if you haven't heard about Hemingway's baby shoes tale or the magazine that turned stringing together six brilliant words into a genre.  Smith Magazine provides prompts and encourages a community to participate in developing six-word narratives and memoirs.

Three-Minute Fiction

In three minutes or less, what can you do?  NPR hosts a contest that recognizes a fair amount of folks.  Follow the prompt and your small story (read under three minutes) may end up on the radio or the website.  Their FB page also offers an interesting community of authors who give kudos and critiques. 


This monthly literary magazine finds its home on a postcard, containing only 150 words or less.  The competition is steep, but the medium is pretty innovative.

Safety Pin Review

Speaking of innovative mediums, how about someone wearing your story on a patch on their back?  I love this idea and tried it with my creative writing class.  Stories should be compelling and distracting.  Why not send them out into the world to grab unsuspecting victims, maybe even those who don't like to read!?

One Sentence

"True stories, told in one sentence."  Pick the most interesting moment in your life and describe is so the reader believes it's that important, too!

There are a slew of other little opportunities out there.  Feel free to add your own finds as a comment.  Most importantly, write write write!

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