Lately I've been adding flash fiction to both my reading and writing. A good flash piece can set a scene, tell a story and pack a punch. It doesn't take as long to write a flash fiction piece as it does to write a five to six thousand word short story, but it's just as challenging.
I'm reading and writing my way through The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction,
Which is the best book I've found so far. Like flash fiction itself, instead of one long multi-chapter text, it is a series of essays/lessons about the form from different authors and teachers who specialize in writing flash fiction.
There are a lot of interesting sites around the net to read flash fiction and some that provide weekly or even daily prompts. Personally, I'm going to step up my flash fiction writing for publication. I'll also be writing and posting one flash piece a month here.
Here are some of the places I've been going for my flash fiction fixes. They are genre friendly places to read, share or submit* flash fiction.
|Abyss & Apex: Magazine of Speculative Fiction|
|Every Day Fiction|
|Flash Fiction Online|
|Daily Science Fiction|
And here are some sites that provide flash fiction writing prompts. I plan to try them all out in the coming months. Be aware that posting your writing to these sites or on your own blog is generally considered publishing it. So if you write something you feel might sell don't post it, submit it instead!
|Flash Fiction Friday|
|io9 flash fiction|
|Chuck Wendig's site|
*Many markets are open to flash even if they're not looking for it exclusively looking for it.