The formal definition of Flash is; a complete story with protagonist, conflict and resolution. Its extension varies from 200 to 1000+. Originally, flash was defined as a piece written in 750 words or fewer. The word count is not a flight of fancy, but the text contained in two opposing pages.
The formal definition of a Drabble is: a complete story with protagonist, conflict and resolution in exactly 100 words. Title and credit(s) don’t count.
The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.
It is required that it be a short work of fiction. It is not required that it be a he-said/she-said, or even that there be any action.
The results were both interesting and entertaining. I'll post some samples soon.
But .... the reason I mention it? Our friends at
are holding their fifth annual Three Minute Fiction Contest
Your story must begin with the following line:
"Some people swore that the house was haunted."
Plus, your story must end with this line:
"Nothing was ever the same again after that."
Including these lines, your story must be 600 words or less. One entry per person. Your deadline is 11:59 p.m., EDT, on Sept. 26.
So... what are you waiting for?
Get out of here and go write your story!