Story of the Week


This morning, a small bird flew into the windowpane and fell stunned into the stippa grass, one wing awry, so small and light that the tuft...

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From the Archive

Featured Monthly Column

“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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Speaking of Flash Fiction . . .


“Flash Fiction and the Borg: In Praise of the Literary Still Moment”

For the past several years I have been teaching a flash fiction course to my college creative writing program’s advanced students....

What are Editors Looking For?


Ask an Editor Series: Jason Cook

Jason Cook is the Founding Editor of Fiddleblack. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Jason what he typically looks...

Suggestions & Advice for Writers

Quick Flashes from Novels


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...

Looking for Advice from Agents?


Ask an Agent Series: Madeleine Clark

Madeleine Clark is an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Madeleine...

Featured Essay

“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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Recent News


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...

Recent Book Reviews


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...

Audio Readings from Our Authors

Looking for Recommendations on What to Read?

Reading Lists: “Read 15 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes”

Twitter fiction and six-word stories have permeated the literary world, but the concept of telling very short tales isn't exactly new....

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