Pam Casto’s Reading List and Links List for Flash Fiction
Pamelyn Casto's online article, "Flash Fiction: The
Ultra-Short Story," can be read in Net Author's E2K
http://netauthor.org/e2k/jan2002/features.html1 or at Riding the Meridian
Pamelyn Casto's online article, "Old Stories into New Short-Shorts" can be
read at Prairie Hill Books' site. See the article at:
(If you use the above entry into the article, scroll down to my name and
then click on the article title "Old Stories into New Short-Shorts." It's a
long article (about 1800 words) so keep moving downward even when you come
to a "top of the page" button.)
Flash Fiction Flash: The Newsletter for Flash Literature Writers (delivered
monthly via email):
Courses I teach through flashquake:
Four-Week Online Flash Fiction Course:
Four-Week Online Haibun Course:
Some outstanding online short-shorts.
Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl"
Lydia Davis-- 5 stories. I especially like "Fear" and "The Mice"
Fielding Dawson's "The Vertical Fields"
Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
Three super short pieces from Jerome Stern's Micro Fiction: An Anthology of
Really Short Stories:
"Mount Olive" by Monifa Love, "All This" by Joanne Avallon, and "Survivors"
by Kim Addonizio. (I especially appreciate Avallon's "All This.")
Hahn Hoang's "Field of Heads" (Writer's Digest Show Us Your Short-Shorts
Contest Winner) http://www.writersdigest.com/contests/Hoang.asp
Jerome Stern's "Morning News" (Scroll down to about the middle of the page.)
Pamela Painter's "Family Therapy"
Donald Barthelme's "The First Thing Baby Did Wrong"
Thaisa Frank's "Animal Skins"
Molly Giles' "The Poet's Husband" (on lower half of web page)
And for the fun of it, here's a little flash piece I wrote which was
published in flashquake's inaugural issue:
Suggested Reading: Anthologies
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories Edited by James Thomas, Denise Thomas,
& Tom Hazuka. New York-London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992.
MicroFiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories Edited by Jerome Stern.
New York-London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories Edited by Robert Shapard and
James Thomas. Layton, Utah: Gibbes M. Smith, Inc., 1986.
Sudden Fiction International: 60 Short-Short Stories Edited by James Thomas
and Robert Shapard. New York/London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1989.
Sudden Fiction Continued: 60 New Short-Short Stories Edited by Robert
Shapard and James Thomas. NewYork-London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.
Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction by Dinty W. Moore,
Editor. DuBois, Pennsylvania: Mammoth Press Inc., 2003.
This older anthology below includes fascinating stories by such greats as
Kafka, Paz, Monterroso, Marquez, Boll, Pirandello, et. al.
Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Stories Edited by Irving Howe and
Illana Weiner Howe. Toronto-New York-London-Sydney: Bantam Books, 1983.
Suggested Reading: How To
Flash Writing: How To Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words
Long. Michael Wilson. College Station, Texas: Visualbookworm.com, 2004.
Fast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes. Robert Allen. Cincinnati,
Ohio: Story Press, 1997.
Suggested Fiction Reading --Author Collections:
Kawabata, Yasunari. Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. Translated from the Japanese
by Lane Dunlp & J. Martin Holman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
Lydia Davis. Samuel Johnson is Indignant: Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2001.
Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. New York:
Vintage Books, 1989.
This one below is a novel done with short-short pieces. It's a very
different sort of beast.
Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1972.
Trans. William Weaver.
Yougrau, Barry. A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane. New York:
Arcade Publishing, 1984.
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