Monday, November 15, 2010

Hint Fiction

While searching the web for market to send any of my three postcard stories (aka Flash Fiction), pieces of 250, 500 or 1000 words long, depending on the publication, I came across SmokeLong Quarterly. 

This online magazine deals strictly in flash fiction. They have a different editor each week and publish one story a week. But beware, they do screen submissions and repeatedly submitting the same story each week is not allowed.

While I was there I discovered a new genre of story writing, it's called Hint Fiction. Hint Fiction is a story told in 30 words. I found this idea intriguing and was totally stumped at how I would accomplish this task until I woke up at 2 a.m. with the story, which I've since submitted.

For anyone else interested in trying this they are running their Hint Fiction contest during the month of November. You can check it out here.


  1. It's funny, I can write a poem that's short, but I really struggle with confining myself to a limited number of words in a story. I guess that's whey I don't even try!

    Been there on that 2a.m. flash of inspiration, Leonie!


  2. Don't even try to limit yourself or to write prose? I have trouble with limiting myself to a specific number of words in my prose too, but it's nice to challenge myself sometimes and I find it can improve my writing. I usually have to write out all my thoughts first though and then pare down.

    Poetry on the other hand is another story. I used to be fairly good at it when I was in high school, but now I find it difficult to get into the mindset. And if I do, I find I go one and on and on... short poems - especially Haiku's I've always had trouble with.

    I love those 2 am flashes of inspiration :) They are energizing... but then one has to make up the sleep later.