Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Fifty Really Short Stories

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The World's Best Short-Short Fictions in a Big, Little Book that you could probably carry in your Pocket.
Ten years ago, Jerome Stern, director of the writing program at Florida State, initiated the World's Best Short Short Story Contest. Stories were to be about 250 words long; first prize was a check and a crate of oranges.
Two to three thousand stories began to show up annually in Tallahassee, and National Public Radio regularly broadcast ...
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Overview

The World's Best Short-Short Fictions in a Big, Little Book that you could probably carry in your Pocket.
Ten years ago, Jerome Stern, director of the writing program at Florida State, initiated the World's Best Short Short Story Contest. Stories were to be about 250 words long; first prize was a check and a crate of oranges.
Two to three thousand stories began to show up annually in Tallahassee, and National Public Radio regularly broadcast the winner. But, more important, the Micro form turned out to be contagious; stories of this "lack of length" now dot the literary magazines. The time seemed right, then, for this anthology, presenting a decade of contest winners and selected finalists. In addition, Stern commissioned Micros, persuading a roster of writers to accept the challenge of completing a story in one page.
Jesse Lee Kercheval has a new spin on the sinking of the Titanic; Virgil Suarez sets his sights on the notorious Singapore caning; George Garrett conjures up a wondrous screen treatment pitch; and Antonya Nelson invites us into an eerie landscape. Verve and nerve and astonishing variety are here, with some wild denouements.
How short can a Micro be, you wonder. Look up Amy Hempel's contribution, and you'll see.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393314328
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 406,124
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Stern, a professor of English and popular culture, is the author of an acclaimed book on writing, Making Shapely Fiction. His incisive monologues are regularly heard on National Public Radio.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Acknowledgments 21
The Poet's Husband 24
The Cough 26
Daydream 28
Wrong Channel 30
Harmony 32
20/20 34
Your Fears Are Justified 36
At the Point 38
The Halo 40
Mockingbird 42
Changing the Channel 44
Wanting to Fly 46
Eclipsed 48
The New Year 50
Survivors 52
Anti-Cain 54
Painted Devils 56
Honeycomb 58
Baby, Baby, Baby 60
An Old Story 62
Conception 64
All This 66
Stone Belly Girl 68
Worry 70
You Can't See Dogs on the Radio 72
The True Story of Mr. and Mrs. Wong 74
Flu 76
The Bridge 78
Kennedy in the Barrio 80
Grief 82
Mount Olive 84
Hurray for Hollywood 86
This Is How I Remember It 88
November 90
Carpathia 92
Chickens 94
The Mayor of the Sister City Speaks to the Chamber of Commerce in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on a Night in December in 1976 96
Confirmation Names 98
Hostess 100
Housewife 101
Land's End 102
Last Supper in the Cabinet Mountains 104
Strongman 106
Diverging Paths and All That 108
A Gentleman's C 110
Of Exposure 112
Tea Leaves 114
We Eat Our Peas for the Souls in Purgatory 116
Waiting 118
But What Was Her Name? 120
Guadalupe in the Promised Land 122
Morning News 124
Molibi 126
Wallet 128
Biographical Notes 131
Permissions 141
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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Apple Pie

    Micro Fiction is a nice collection of modern-day American fiction, though many of the stories left me unsatisfied, like a joke without a punchline. The stories are brief enough to live and die within new-millennium time-constraints, and some of the bizarre messages leave a lasting impression. They are remarkable for their pithiness and power, a crash course in American culture oozing with apple pie.

    Micro Fiction meets the time constraints of a fast-paced, multitasking, computer-savvy, twenty-first century lifestyle. Times are changing. The world is at our fingertips. We pledge our allegiances to time management and multitasking. Novels are too long, so literature is changing as well. America has Attention Deficit Disorder, and Micro Fiction is our Ritalin.

    Micro Fiction is to the novel like McDonalds' Value Menu is to the family dinner. In a country that values fast-food, fast cars, and fast service, Micro Fiction is like pulling up to a Barnes & Noble drive-thru window and ordering some fast-fiction. "Would you like some fries with that fiction?" she asks.

    "Apple pie," I reply. Micro Fiction is America's new-millennium, drive-thru novel. Apple Pie is the Specialty of the Day. Welcome to quintessential American fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2006

    Micro Fiction

    I really enjoyed this book. It was great to have a variety of stories to choose from. I enjoyed some more than others, but I am definitely glad that I read them all. Each of them had a different style and I loved it. Great book

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    Short in Several Ways

    These bits of "micro fiction" seem to pop up in every professor's creative writing class. In terms of writing workshops, while the pieces are short enough to act as a prompt, very few work as high-level workshop pieces.

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