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The Evolving World of Flash Fiction

May 19, 2016

Flash fiction goes by many names: micro-fiction, nano-fiction, short-shorts, and with the emergence of Twitter-fiction; twiction and twisters have also entered the fray. Whatever you choose to call it one thing's for sure: these pint-sized tales often punch way above their weight.

But what compels writers, whose very craft depends on the richness of language, to voluntarily limit their word count-- in some cases to only 6? And what compels readers to read them? This hour we speak with authors and editors in an effort to understand the endurance, evolution and appeal of flash fiction.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.