flash fiction

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flash fiction (countable and uncountable, plural flash fictions)

  1. (countable) A fictional story that is briefer than typical short stories.
    Synonyms: drabble, flashfic, short short story, sudden fiction
  2. (uncountable) The genre of such stories.
    Synonyms: flashfic, microfiction, sudden fiction
    • 1997, Ron McFarland, “Another Kind of Violence: Sherman Alexie's Poems”, in American Indian Quarterly, volume 21, number 2, page 259:
      Even those stories range from short-short, "sudden," or "flash" fiction of just three to five pages to more conventionally constructed stories than run nearly twenty pages.