Story of the Week

“Her Skin”

The waves lap the shoreline with their pale green tongues and the wind carries my dead mother’s name over the dunes.  I drop my duffel...

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Flash Talk


“Flash Fiction: Bounded in a Nutshell”

That effective fictional narratives have for ages arrived in assorted sizes –  including those small enough to whisper,...

Fiction Craft

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“Creating a Masterpiece”

In the days when many professions were controlled by guilds, your masterpiece was not your best or most celebrated work.  It was your...

From the Archive


“Arming the Factions”

Every third word in school dealt with this or that remorseless generation. Tommy’s name was called but he played dumb and was...

Corner Post: A Guide to Creating a Writing Life

“Develop a Second Sight”

When I was growing up, working on fences with my father and my brother, the corner post was the most important. It determined how tight our...

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Author Interview Series


Author Interview Series: Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh's debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, was published by Shaye Areheart Books (Random House). It was named one...

Ask an Editor Series


Ask an Editor Series: Grant Faulkner/Lynn Mundell

Grant Faulkner & Lynn Mundell are co-editors @ 100 Word Story. For the first installment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked...

Fiction & Culture

“Dysfunctional Parents in Fiction: The Mothers and Fathers We Love to Hate”

Why are readers so fascinated by fiction's infamous dysfunctional parents? Mothers and fathers who disappoint, coerce, betray, abuse...

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Ask an Agent Series


Ask an Agent Series: Elizabeth Kaplan

Elizabeth Kaplan owns and runs The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency in New York. For the first installment of our Ask an Agent Series,...

Flash Audio Series

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Flash Audio Series: “Hot Yoga”

The Flash Audio Series features audio versions of stories published on our site. In this segment of our series, Rita Ciresi reads...

Novel Flash

Novel Flash: The Blood of Heaven

When I came again into the bedroom, I found Red Kate sitting up with her lamp lit and belly piling the sheets.  I worried you were...

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The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

  We are pleased to announce the First Annual Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize! Entries for the award should be approximately...



Review of Stuart Dybeck’s Ecstatic Cahoots

Stuart Dybek, an author who has been called a living master of the short story form, has released a new book. Ecstatic Cahoots is a...

Reading Lists

Reading Lists: Editors’ Picks (Flash Fiction Collections)

Severance by Robert Olen Butler Now available in an elegant paperback, Robert Olen Butler's acclaimed collection, Severance, depicts...

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