from the Editor, Monique Wentzel

I confess that I tend to have little patience for the short short (or micro-fiction, flash fiction, sudden fiction, etc.) So often, flash fiction seems more flashy than substantive—a form that’s somehow shirked that very basic responsibilities of storytelling. Yet occasionally I come across a short short that grabs my attention because it’s suffused with something—mystery, the color of a single emotion, a strangeness—that a longer story maybe couldn’t sustain as well. The best micro-fiction, I think, functions much like a memory does; it is selective, happens out of time and is briefly consuming. This issue, we’ve chosen to feature two such short shorts, both under 1000 words and both doing what the form does best. Enjoy!